Originally Posted by peterchech
My father just got into sailing because I introduced him into it (he is in his 50's). He always wanted a sailboat, but walking by the marina and looking at all the boats, he had always imagined that it was only a rich man's sport. The impression of inaccessibility is what kept him from sailing all these years. Now he is a regular sailing obsessive just like most of us here
Agreed. There is that. But again, I think the barrier to entry is also there. I have talked to so many power boaters who think learning the names and uses of "all those ropes" would be too much for them (get real!). For them, it's easier to just jump in and turn the key.