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My life began, or should I say I got a life at 55. I''m a power boater with a 37 foot cabin cruiser. She''s got a 250 mile range and I''ll cruise to Mexico from LA. in a blink. I just wish i''d have bought a sail boat instead. When I get back from salmon fishing in Alaska this summer I''ll consider a trade.
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What is this nonsense that 55 is old? I retired at 64; bought a Tayana 37, crossed the Atlantic 4 times, sailed down to the Caribbean seven times; cruised all up and down the Atlantic coast singlehanded with my little dog for the past ten years. It does apear that Americans are getting fat and lazy.
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Hi Joe, well said. Good for you. I''m 64,just retired & I hope in 10yrs.that I can write a letter of inspiration like yours.I''d like to talk to you sometime about single-handed voyaging.
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Hello Joe;
I am 66, have a 1977, Pearson 35 that is getting a new diesel this week along with other goodies that will enable me & my lovely wife to sail Narragansett Bay this summer, More upgrading next winter & then onto faraway places the following summer. I would love to sail this boat to the Med & hang out around Greece, Italy, the Dalmations, & the coast of Turkey. If that is too ambitious then it''s down the ICW to Cuba & onto the BVIs''. I work out three times a week & walk(not stroll) several miles a day to stay strong & in shape. There is so much to see & experience & to me the way to see it is by a good boat. Anyway , good for you & hope you have many, many more years of adventure.
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I will turn 69 next month and still outsail the children.

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hi paleosalr, i am 57 and just started sailing last year. in a short line: a man, a vessel, and the wind = freedom.......snoreky
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I am 61 have been sailing for over 20 years. we are just moving up from a 38 to a 42 foot sailboat. The only things that I am doing differently, I am using a batt car system for the main with roller bearing sheaves in the masthead for better ease in raising the main sail. Also spend time in the gym several days a week and do mostly weekend and coastal sailing (No long cruises as I still work)
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I''m 72 and bought a Catalina 310 last August, my 5th boat. Charterd a 50 foot in B VI for 8 days and it was great fun.. If I had the money I might go bigger but the 310 is a great size to single hand.
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Started sailing last year at 54, purchased a 12'' and sailed the summer... this year purchased a 18'' Newport WhiteCap, day sailor and have re-fallen in love with sailing. The bigger boat is more stable, can carry more passengers and is so much better all around. Mostly sail by myself and "love the moment".
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MY wife and I are both 56. We are taking 9 weeks of sailing instruction at a local yacht club on 17'' Oday daysailers. We are hooked. My wife is a non-swimmer but feels very comfortable on these boats which in turn makes it very possible for me to search for our dream boat of about 28''. This adventure is one of the best things we have ever done in our 35+ years of marriage.
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