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Re: Where are the younger people?

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Originally Posted by JimMcGee View Post
We're missing the obvious. The median income is waaay down in this country and the under 35 crowd has been hit by this disproportionally.

For my generation (I'm 48) you came out of college, bought a house and started a family. A few years later as your career progressed you could start to think about things like motorcycles and sailboats.

Close to 50% of college grads today move back in with their parents because their school loans are the equivalent of a mortgage. For those who don't go to college the days of getting into a union where you could earn a good wage and have benefits are pretty much over.

There are certainly nuances to this, but the underlying economics play a huge role.

Think about it this way. When I was in school we all worked in McDonalds or the mall to earn beer and gas money. Walk into a fast food joint today and it's not kids but adults in their 20's and 30's behind the counter. That tells you a lot. That 30 year old working at McD's certainly isn't thinking about buying a sailboat.
Yep. Thats the way i see it too. Employment was how i made a living before i became a high-paid sailnet moderator!! It is a disaster out there for a lot of the new generation. Wont get too political, but i dont see it really getting better either. In fact, i think it will get a lot worse eventually.

That being said, many young people have kids and very demanding jobs. They dont get a lot of time off and what they get may be better invested in soccer games and school plays and fixing junk around the house. Many of todays mom and dads both have to work to make ends meet and often put in 60 plus hours a week.

How do you fit sailing into that? Answer is you dont or you are someone that is very committed to it (both of you).

Sad really.

I am the guy that committed to it. First fixed keel in my mid 20s. Moved aboard at 29. Had my son on board at 5 days old. Thirteen years later and I am now typing this from the keys - on my boat, enjoying life. But i had to commit to it. Most people wont do that and theres nothing wrong with that. Too bad though because its a great life
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