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post #34 of Old 05-16-2013
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Re: Where are the younger people?

I read many years ago (10-20) That the future of economic success was to market to the "luxury crowd" Since not everyone can be there the market is not large. However to attract the "successful" one must exclude the less than successful. Hence rules to discriminate against. Eg. If you do not have money, go away. Increase your prices so that unless you have plenty of disposable income you cannot play. If you are not a clone of me, go away. Marinas are becoming a rip off. As was said earlier...they are more like an old folks in an RV park than sailors. They are definitely NOT interested in entertaining any ideas about bringing young blood into the fold. Pretty damn sad. Alas, as things are regressing, the luxury pool will grow smaller and smaller.....Expect it to get worse with more regulation, fees and of course once (sooner than most will admit) this population departs the earth, the business will close to find more profitable ways of making money. It has been this way since the age of man. Very little altruism and idealism in reality. Just some shiny stainless steel, polo shirts, with Sperry's and a Tom Collins in hand.
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