A Swarm of Sailboats

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  1. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,419 posts, 368 likes
    Hunter 450
    US Bainbridge Island
    Do you like to sail in a swarm, pack, school, or fleet of sailboats?

    Some like the rafting and camaraderie. The food and drink is usually better, not to mention the jokes. But others prefer the solitude of solo sailing.

    What's your gaggle?

    raft.jpg
     


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  2. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    1,020 posts, 215 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
  3. Boomer54

    Boomer54

    Joined Feb 3, 2015
    251 posts, 112 likes
    Marlow Hunter 37
    US Reefpoint Marina Racine, WI
  4. NYSail

    NYSail

    Joined Jan 6, 2006
    2,152 posts, 207 likes
    Beneteau 423
    US Mt. Sinai, NY
    Solo
     


  5. MisterR6

    MisterR6

    Joined Mar 29, 2015
    69 posts, 38 likes
    MacGregor 25
    US trailer sailer
  6. DougM

    DougM

    Joined Jul 24, 2005
    1,679 posts, 219 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Manistee, MI
    As a couple or with friends who don’t freak out when the boat heels.
     


  7. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    2,165 posts, 1,945 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
    [​IMG]
    not solo, not anchored
     


  8. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    2,694 posts, 1,276 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    I enjoy traveling with others. Sharing food and lies.

    Les
     


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  9. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,614 posts, 4,317 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Jon I like the photo of the boat, helm and crew, but I am suspect that you are not on the boat.
    If you are, then I salute you my friend.
     


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  10. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,614 posts, 4,317 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Sailing solo, sailing in a covey of boats, sailing with friends and new sailors, I like it all.
     


  11. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,841 posts, 1,459 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    Solitude here.

    Company is okay in small doses, but the wife and I are never happier than when we have the entire universe all to ourselves.
     


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  12. capta

    capta

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    3,102 posts, 1,164 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    I love sharing the experience with my sailing partner/wife. I have never found solo sailing near as much fun. I sailed with only a cat for some time, but she was a lousy conversationalist and was unimpressed when we encountered sea mammals.
     


  13. AlastairLC

    AlastairLC

    Joined Jan 2, 2017
    487 posts, 182 likes
    O'Day 322
    US Lake Pleasant
    Sailed solo in Mane. Now sail with crew in Arizona. The older I get, the more I appreciate good company and a helping hand or two.
     


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  14. capta

    capta

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    3,102 posts, 1,164 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    On the other side of the coin, the idea of setting off across an ocean in the company of possibly a hundred or so boats with captains so inexperienced and afraid of an ocean crossing that they think there is safety in numbers at sea sends shivers down my spine.
    It kinda defeats the whole idea of ocean sailing in my mind. I'll give the rallies a wide berth, thank you.
     


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  15. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    749 posts, 224 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    I read the pole differently than most responders. I read it as a swarm of boats not how many crew on board. When cruising I sail alone. If I am on a flotilla cruise with other boats, I tell them I will see them at the next stop and go my own way. That usually means leaving very early and catching the morning breeze and making use the for currents. The rest leave at 10:00 regardless of the current or wind. The results are that I sail and the rest motor.
     


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  16. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    10,442 posts, 3,445 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Variety is the spice of life.

    Depending on my mood, location and circumstance, the number of boats and people that I want around changes. But if there is crew on board, the only rule is they have to be pretty.
     


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  17. jon hansen

    jon hansen

    Joined May 25, 2012
    2,165 posts, 1,945 likes
    john alden caravelle 42
    us sturgeon bay, wis
  18. Jim26m

    Jim26m

    Joined Apr 3, 2019
    189 posts, 88 likes
    Macgregor 26M
    P Cub Boo US Mobile AL
    I usually day sail with the wife or a buddy along. The wife sometimes likes another couple aboard so she can get some intelligent conversation. Occasionally the kids and son-in-law will all come along which is really nice. I like to be the only boat in the immediate area. Don't really enjoy having a flotilla, swarm, gaggle of other boats around while moving.

    Although, after seeing the crew that Jon Hansen has, I guess I could put up with one boat within viewing range.
     


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  19. TomY

    TomY Alden Forum Moderator

    Joined Jun 22, 2004
    1,782 posts, 1,804 likes
    Alden 38' Challenger yawl
    US Rockport Harbor
    We used to pack up with other families. If you had kids onboard, and their friends were sailing in the vicinity, a raft up was mandatory.

    This was 2000. I'd hoist them all just to get a break. The food and drink was a big part of it!
    Raft up.jpg
     


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  20. DayDreamer41

    DayDreamer41

    Joined Oct 29, 2016
    1,346 posts, 674 likes
    Hunter 41 DS
    Un Port Huron
    I feel the exact same way toward motorcycle rallies, such as Sturgis, just too many inexperienced riders and many have no business on two wheels.
     


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