Originally Posted by outbound
The US water tourists don't have the same outlook as the 30 to 40 somethings taking off from europe.
Most Europeans, unless they can take a sabbatic year, will only do extensive cruising at the retirement age that is for most mid 50's and now it is about 60 year's old, even not taking full pension.
Till then they do club racing, week end cruising or holiday's cruising and mostly they charter boats.
I knew a more than 70 year old guy that was cruising along on a Small dragonfly trimaran. He was coming from Sweden. I meet him in Portugal, he was bound to the Med. I guess we can call that extensive voyaging
Last year I was interested in a Salona 42 (fast performance cruiser) the owner was a 83 old sailor. He sell it to buy a new Grand Soleil 43, another fast performance cruiser. He cruises alone with its wife that is not much younger than him.
I guess it is a difference in perspective in part due to the lesser options on the American market, but that has certainly nothing to do with age.