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post #448 of Old 02-03-2013
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

If you listen to what marketing says, sailing is a rich man's sport to be done in "6 figure" boats and fitted out with equally pricy gadgets and gizmos. A friend of mine sailed all over the Pacific in a boat he got for free, with a single burner camp stove, gerry jug water, bucket head, hand held GPS, dysfunctional engine, sails held together with duct tape and scary galvanized rigging....the thing is he was able to do it and with an annual cruising budget of $2500/yr. But our culture is controlled by marketing....people no adays are less likely to "think out side the box".
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