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Re: Where are the younger people?
In my area, it is cheaper to buy a boat. The cheapest yacht club is $400/year with a $100 boat fee... the next closest one costs even more. And unless you go to a summer camp with a lake (as a kid), go to (expensive) sailing classes, or have a friend with a sailboat, you are likely not going to be introduced to sailing without going out of your way.
A lot of us found a way to make it work, but there are a lot of obstacles in the way of it becoming more mainstream.
For cryin' out loud, I scored a Hobie 16 for $100 with a trailer and a complete set of functional sails!
I agree that income has not kept pace with living costs, but come on, how cheap does it have to be, before people stop throwing the "poverty card"??
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168