Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
Sailing as a hobby is likely not considered all that cool by most twenty somethings even if they live near water, and it requires a lot of money if you want to get into a used fifteen or twenty foot boat. (gotta be able to take your friends along) Most twenty somethings would much rather spend that money and time on cars and other more ephemeral consumer goods. Sadly most young adults lack the ability to think outside of the mall and car life style, and yes give themselves the appearance of being somewhat slothful as you seem to have noticed. That and it takes a small amount of commitment and you have to learn how to do it and that immediately excludes a large percentage of humans not just the twenty somethings.
That and the Entire sailing industry has done themselves no favors in this, and is dramatically lacking in any noticeable way of promoting sailing as a fun thing to get involved in. Think "you got Milk" and the dairy industry, its just not there for sailing in any real form.