Re: Where are the younger people?
I was talking about long term storage plans for my boat with a neighbor- and right now we have the same priorities- cool crowd at the dock, convenience to the ocean, price, and protection- and have essentially decided we will move to the same marina as an insurance policy- knowing there will be someone else to hang out and sail with- or it'll already meet all the criteria- and be the place to be.
It's nice living somewhere that is reasonable enough to get buy on a service industry or retail paycheck- and have plenty to play with...
That said- the dude I just bought my new boat from sold it because he didn't really ever use it- and having it and feeling like he "needed to use it" meant he wasn't using his hobie 16 like he could be...
Also- all that about bicycling and backpacking and the like is true. Lots of younger people are touring on land- which from a value standpoint makes a lot of sense from a "sights seen/new experiences per dollar spent" perspective. Viewed in the light of having 1-2 months to travel a year- sailing a dinghy, or a beach cat year round / season long- that can be stored for "free" is always ready to go, and is easily disposed of and replaced makes so much sense that I'm almost talking myself into it.