Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sarasota, Fl
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
I always tip the pedi-cab guys really well- summer in Key West is a brutal time to be schlepping tourists around.
On to lack of young cruisers- If they have a new boat, it's expensive and very difficult to finance for someone without a lot of credit history- I just spent 6 weeks getting a $100k loan for a new Hunter 36 underwritten for a 23 year old with perfect credit. If they get an older boat like mine (a 1969 Whitby 45), every nut, bolt, electronic gear and rigging costs a bloody fortune and requires some skills to maintain.
No easy answers, but I just take whatever chance I can to expose kids to sailing who haven't been around it....
Last edited by Capn Zack; 07-12-2012 at 05:38 PM.