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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
Wolfenzee et al.,
Between 1950 and 1990-something, getting jobs, casual or committed, was pretty easy for anyone who didn't need to wear sandals in order to count and who could also read a newspaper story and explain it.
At least it was in North America and Europe. Now things are harsh for young and old, unless they have Paragon Credentials from a Harvard or MIT - plus ten years of specially-relevant experience, which they had somehow attained in just the past five years.
Those circles of affluence and non-affluence have always been there. There always were those 'yacht clubs' to which only the 'select' could be admitted. It's just more the case that the 'tourista effect' has closed so many other doors, and the wealthy have gotten so much more so, and more fearful to boot.
Then the thread shouldn't read "why are there so few young people cruising"...but "why are there so few people cruising on shoe string now adays", but the answer to that is self explanatory....there was a fairly extensive thread on Cruiser Forum that addressed that "Cruising on a $500/mo budget"