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Old 02-17-2013
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

My take? It used to be that you could get an inexpensive boat and head out and people just looked over and smiled - "youth", they would say. Today, there's someone there to hassle you wherever you go.
You virtually cannot anchor freely in Florida - they've set up rules (the Pilot Program in five areas) to force people to anchor where THEY want you to because of the 'problems', ignoring that their problem boaters are druggies and alkies who live in Florida who would otherwise be living in an old junk car. But they call it a boating problem rather than the societal problem it actually is.
Then you get hassles from cops up and down the east coast - everywhere you go, there's two, three or more police services 'watching' what's going on.
The whole point of going cruising is for 'freedom', and the authorities are taking that away from us. How many times have you been stopped for no reason by - pick one - Homeland Security, USCG, local police, local sherrif, DEA.....I've watched, from a small anchorage, three different police units from three different agencies, all patrolling the same tiny piece of the ICW. It's insanity.
If we, as older adults in decent boats are being harassed and put out by the authorities everywhere, why in blazes would some kid want to put him/herself out for that? Doesn't matter how decent the kid is, if his boat's not up to snuff 110%, other than the USCG, he's going to get hassled just because it's what they do.
Prime example - the potty patrol. Why in blazes do we pay two cops salaries, plus the price of their boat and all the associated costs, to have them check your valves?
Stop the insanity. Then maybe kids will come back out cruising.
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