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post #22 of Old 09-27-2013
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Re: The Future of Boat Ownership

There will be a subset of folks who will want to cruise. Either before swallowing the anchor of career and family commitments or after vomiting up the anchor of said commitments. The eternal call of the sea and blue water is undeniable to some and always will be. Like our society will further stratify with little middle class, sailboats will evolve to cheap readily available small boats allowing trills and chills ( also honing skills) and durable seaboats allowing part or full time liveaboard. Even now with alternative energy sources, watermakers, Wifi boosters, ssb/modem set ups, sat phones one can cruise the world being dependent on the dirt folks only for consumables and spare parts. In an information society this allows one to simultaneously be "connected" but disconnect from dirt living.

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