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Re: Why are there so few young people cruising??

Originally Posted by SailingChance View Post
Wow - holy cynics Batman. I think each of these responses is not only misguided, but ignorant and out of context. I am a young soon-to-be cruiser. My girlfriend and I are both giving up 6 figure careers to rebuild an old boat and take the plunge. We are lucky, but we still have to cover our student loans, etc.

The truth is, college is getting way too expensive, HS prepares you for **** and even though we have more college grads than ever in history, their degrees are costly and worth about as much as the paper they were printed on. Sailing is an expensive hobby. It's even more expensive to sustain long term as a cruiser without a retirement plan or a pension to pay the bills.

I have to say that I've found it rather troublesome how many "older" sailors poopoo the younger generation of sailors out there or even the idea of young cruisers. Many of the older cruisers on this forum put themselves in a higher class and practically discourage younger sailors with negative remarks and discouraging advice.

How often do you hear the old salts telling someone who wants to buy a boat and make a go of it - "you can't do that, you need 10 YEARS of sailing experience" or "you dont know what you're getting yourself into" or "you better reconsider..."

If people on this forum, ESPECIALLY THIS THREAD spent more time encouraging young sailors, volunteering time to teach, or shoot, even offering encouraging words of support, sailing would continue to grow.

"The ones who come before us will teach us the way forward"
I disagree about high school not teaching enough to start a career. I think we need to stop thinking college is for everyone. We have created an entire industry of colleges funded by people getting into huge amounts of debit based on the myth that we need to get a degree to do anything. I think many are going to be much better off becoming a plumber or electrician these days than a "mid level manager." The way corporations are structuring pay scales with 1 to3% raises every year, you are falling behind not getting ahead. I know of several friends who started businesses right out of high school and they are doing much better than many of my friends who went to college, including myself. This is also true of my children's friends (now in there 30s) as well. Very few jobs in the tech industry require a college degree. Scores of programmers out there with no degrees. Real money is really in owning your own company, and few colleges teach much that will help with this. Better off with a community college or adult education service taking classes on what you need.

Now there are certain careers that require a degree and more. My youngest two are interested in such degrees. One wants to be an architect, and the other a doctor. Obviously they will need to go to college for that.

I know people who owe over 100,000 in college debit to be teachers, and that is an untenable situation.
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