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post #499 of Old 02-23-2013
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

What's the quote? Something like there are 99 people seeking security for every 1 willing to risk it all?

We (20-30year olds) are afraid to take the risk. People do what is safe to them and instead of going on adventures, we drink it away, or waste it on clothes/material items. When we talk about taking the risk, we are convinced otherwise, but still have that sense of adventure within us, and we go back to the safe.

Eventually you get tired of living the way you do, you want to do something for you. You sell your house, your car, your land life, and do that one risk. The risk that has been in the back of your mind for a while. You buy a boat, take a lesson, and cast off.

This is why my generation isn't out there as much. We are growing up debt ridden, jobless, and taught not to think for ourselves. You spend ~60 000 to ~300 000 on university over 4 years, a $1000 boat plus a ~600 basic cruising class and 2-3000 in repairs to get it ready to sail, becomes a feat.

All this being said, I've noticed there is a growing trend into sailing, somewhat piggybacking on the green energy/living trend. Will be interesting to see the future.

-two job, full time advanced economics student who still has time to do philanthropic activities

Last edited by IamJohnGalt; 02-23-2013 at 11:29 PM.
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