"A huge dimension of cruising is colored by the friends we make and the force of these encounters. Originally, humans were a tribal species so there is something about cruising that runs decidedly counter to our instincts, where every man or boat is his or her own island. As a result, harbors around the world become like petri dishes of cruisers swarming about and making up for lost time by creating instant social communities. Because boats keep moving, friendships are forged much faster than they are on land where time seems more plentiful. Consequently, an anchorage full of boats with scheduled itineraries is a fertile place for rapid bonding with fellow humans of like interests, which is something we crave and waste no time dithering over. I sure didn't. "
(Submitted by Noel Fri Jul 16, 2004 )
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