Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: S/V Waltzing Matilda, Port Ludlow, WA (NW Puget Sound)
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
Cruising requires being self-sufficient whether you are across the bay or on the other side of the world.
Our generation has been brought up in a world where there is no need for self-sufficiency. We have been taught to get a plumber to unclog the sink, call a tow truck to change a tire, and an electrician to install a light.
Our world is filled with products that have limited lifespans. These commodities aren't designed to be maintained or serviced. They are designed to be disposed of when they break.
It used to be that handling the daily problems of life on your own was part of being a competent adult. That mentality does not exist in my generation.
We have been told the only path in this world is to go to college so you can get a job that pays you enough to afford the products and services you need to have a comfortable life in this country. This is part of what is sinking the middle class.
Can we learn to be self-sufficient? Of course! But it's not easy. When nothing in my daily life requires these skills they become as obsolete as traditional rigging.
In the book "Ocean Voyaging" by David Parker....there is something that says (roughly) "Every system on a boat will at sometime fail and a cruising sailor should know how to, have the tools and parts to be able to fix that system with out any help from the outside world"
One of my pet peves is present day boaters reliance on having stuff done by techs and/or buying gizmos that can only be fixed by techs.