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Coastal cruising, or a cheap way to have fun!

Published on 24 may 2018 at 0h00

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Coastal sailing, a new-found pleasure

Preparing your sail, discovering the good spots to stop, planning strategic breaks according to weather developments, and above all playing with tide tables – coastal cruising isn’t something you do just like that. But this is actually one of the great pleasures it offers: you have to earn it!

Coastal cruising – or camping – is, as its name suggests, a cruise which takes you along a coastline aboard your little multihull (it can also be done in a monohull, but it’s not as good…). Your boat’s shallow draft allows you to stop in creeks which are inaccessible to cruising boats, and thus enjoy some little corners of paradise, alone. As its liveability often hardly merits the term, the only solution at stopovers is to pitch a tent, either on the beach or on the boat's trampoline. And this way of cruising has (very) many advantages: you can change cruising areas as you please, as these boats are easily transportable, they are not expensive either to buy or maintain, and cruises are really economical, as neither marinas nor excessive provisioning can be allowed. In short, a leisure sailor’s delight!

Where and when to leave?

The advantage of this way of cruising is that no destination is excluded... With the boat on the trailer, you can go where you want, from your ‘home port’, which is more often than not your garage! And even on the other side of the ocean, if you organize the movement of your boat early enough. Once you have ...

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