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There is a lot of truth in your cynicism, but you are pretty cynical, never the less. The nets can be helpful. Is your glass half full or half empty?


Gary the Propane Chef says, "That post was about a half-year ago or so - Clearly my lame attempt at satire seems to be falling a bit short - this cruising is such serious business for some folks.. If you have ever been to La Paz - you will see that the net goes on for over one hour - Largely a crutch for the socially dependent - or those who don't want to go into town and look around - it is filled with commercials for restaurants, live bands, and yoga - if I had wanted to be truly cynical, I would have had much else to say.

kind regards - Gary Barnett...


And now, The Navigator weighs in:

You're right, Ian - you can get valuable information from the local cruiser nets. But the facts are that in places with high cruiser populations like Mazatlan, La Paz and PV, there's a lot of chaff to winnow. Proportionately fewer boaters are self-starting, although the cruising life is touted as one of the last bastions of true independence. You might get lucky on the local cruiser's net and find out that crucial bit of information from a friendly local denizen (as we ourselves have done), but to get that one bit of information you spend 45 minutes or more every day listening to boaters ask each other such lazy things as, "What day is it?" "Can someone lend me some fuel filters?" (both of which we have actually heard - not in some remote anchorage, but in city marinas where services are cheek to jowl). This behavior reflects a reluctance to step outside one's comfort zone into the unfamiliar - in other words, many cruisers would rather rely on the kindness of other English-speaking strangers for (as one example) free fuel filters, than get in their dinghy, go into town to the nearest chandlery, and pay for what they want by speaking to a live local person. Sadly, this path of least resistance leads to a more insular cruising community. So much for adventure-sailing.

So, GB was trying to poke a bit of fun at it all. As a result you feel we're a glass-half-empty type. I disagree: we sold everything & are still cruising 24/7 after 2 years away from our home country, and we're still having fun. So that seems pretty glass-half-full optimistic to me. But you suggest we are not the way we feel, so you tell us: How have you stepped outside your own comfort zone? What have you risked? Do you do it every day? And can you poke fun at the things you see while maintaining your own optimism?

Maybe we'll see you out there somewhere - m

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