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26 March 2018

The Importance Of A Cruising Community When You're Not Cruising


I was having a Facebook conversation with Deb from The Retirement Project the other day about being stuck at Indiantown Marina for the foreseeable future instead of being out on exciting adventures. She reminded me that, if you have to be stuck anywhere, this isn't too bad of a place to be. Being surrounded by a community of cruisers isn't something to take for granted.

Some people are either in the planning stages of setting out to sail and living somewhere far from the water where no one understands their dreams. Others have had to pause their adventures to fill up the cruising kitty and the people that surround them don't understand why they want to leave again.

But when you're stuck at a marina, people get it. They understand your desire to point your boat off to new and exciting ports of calls. Their excitement as they head off is contagious. The stories they share when they come back are infectious. They nourish your dreams. In short, a cruising community is pretty darn important when you're not cruising.

Some people find their community around them and others find it through online groups, forums, and blogs. But not matter how you do it, finding your "tribe" is so important.

Do you have a community of like-minded people surrounding you and supporting your dreams and passions?

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28 comments:

  1. That makes sense you would all feed off one another's excitement.

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  2. We boat a bit differently. We go somewhere with our yacht club every month. Some are land destinations and most are by boat. So we plan for those weekends. Then once a year we have a bay cruise and that's multiple days going from one port to the next and then back home after a week or ten days. So we're always planning something. Still a community and that's important.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. There definitely are different ways to boat, which is great. Different ways to enjoy the experience. It sounds like you have a great group of people to go boating with.

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  3. Surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people is the key to success.

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  4. I have a great tribe...a few actually. My writing tribe is superb. My traveling one fabulous. My family amazing. I love the idea of "heading out" into new, unexplored places.

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  5. How awesome to be part of a community. It does seem that Indiantown is a real meeting place for cruisers. Although, I totally think you should depart Indiantown and spend the summer in New Bern with us. Saturday morning pan-au-chocolate, lamb roganjosh most evenings, $7.50 a foot a month. Just be sure to raise the waterline before you get there!

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    1. That does sound awesome! You've hit on all my fave things - pastry, curry, and cheap rates.

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  6. If I sailed around as much as you do, I'd need cruising communities for human contact (other than with whom I'm sailing with) and to keep me sane. ;)

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    1. You do make a good point - if you're off cruising, it's nice to be able to connect with people on other boats from time to time.

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  7. Having your own "tribe" to be there when you need them is a fabulous thing.

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  8. Everybody needs to have a tribe. Going it alone all the time would really suck. Me? I've got several tribes. Yep, I'm very lucky.

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    1. I get everyone wants you to be in their tribe :-)

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  9. I have several tribes - my book club, my writing group, and my big family! So thankful for them.
    A cruise community sounds like a great group to be a part of.

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    1. Multiple tribes are great - sounds like you're very lucky with the ones you have.

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  10. You all could probably pass a lot of time sharing stories of your adventures. It always helps to be around people who share your passions.

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    1. Oh, there are lots and lots of stories :-)

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  11. It is really important to find one or more tribes. A good community/tribe helps us dream, encourages us to adventure, and asks us to think (every once in a while).
    Excellent post!

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    1. A tribe that asks us to think - I like that!

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  12. I couldn’t agree more, Ellen. We loved the cruising community - the support, the understanding, the friendships. Only today, Mark and I were talking about how we missed our sailing friends from the Caribbean. As you know, we don’t have any community right now, since that is the one negative about living a house and pet sitting lifestyle, moving all the time. So, my community is online right now - emails and Skype calls to sailor friends, and commenting on blogs. :-)

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    1. The online community is great, but not quite the same as a real life community :-) It's amazing how quickly you can make friends with cruisers, although it's always sad to say goodbye.

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  13. This is one of the reasons "Con Crash" hits me so hard. My community of writers lives very far away from me. When we come together for a conference, it's wonderful, but I miss them terribly once it's over. I wish I was able to build that kind of writing community here, but so far, I haven't been successful.

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    1. I wish I had a writing community in real life. I always thought it would be fun to do write-ins together at a local coffee shop and be able to take breaks and chat about writing.

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    2. I'd totally love this as well. Once, when Mark and I were "stuck" in Austin, Texas for over three months, I had a writer friend who would put "writing marathons" together once a month. I would join in and work on "my book" about our year-long overland travels to Panama and back. It was a good time for inspiration and determination. That book never happened, since we soon started on our next adventure with Irie. :-)

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    3. Writing marathons sound very interesting.

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