Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Portland, OR area
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Sailing today vs. "old times"
I think this is a good piont. My 30 ft boat was built in the early 70's and was mid to high end for it's time. I consider a night on the boat delux camping. No oven, fridge, forced air heat or hot water. Most cruising boats I see now are set up more like a small homes, and it is very hard to fit all the creature comforts into a 30 ft hull.
I think this is it. Nowdays, people want to take their creature comforts with them, it used to be people went sailing to get away from their daily life, now they want to sail while continuing to text, email, surf the net, chat on the cell, watch DVD's, play the XBox, etc.
People that want to sail are perfectly happy with a used boat missing all the lastest electronic gizmos. They want to sail. At least those of us that can only manage daysailing. I suspect it extends somewhat to more lengthy trips as well.
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