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post #11 of 31 Old 03-05-2008
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This is a good question

At 58 I've been thinking about how to keep sailing into my 80's myself. Thinking the stress reduction from being on the boat does a lot for extending the sailing years. Just wish I had the financial means when I was younger to afford to do what I'm doing now. Got a lot of sailing to do to make up.

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As you can tell from my picture, I am not a “thirtysomething.” I am making the transition to “retirement.” Today retirement means different things to different people including work, leisure, and travel. With the longer life expectancy many will have the opportunity to do what they like to do longer, and that includes boating. I would like to hear about how “senior” boaters are adjusting, what new products should boating manufacturers be considering to help aging boaters, what can be done to make boating safer for older boaters, and what plans do baby boomer have for continuing their life on the water.
Well I not where you are, But, I getting there! I think a "Self Inflatable Love Doll" is important! (Similar to the PFD;s that inflate when wet) Hey, we not have the Lungs of an 18 year old to blow up those girls like when we were young!

Also, I remember those "Break in Fire" type things in buildings. I think an emergency; "Viagra is Here" Glass be cool.

Dang, I would hate to be over in France and some young filly be talking words I not understand and be getting naked!

Dang! I hope the Mast still hold up in the Storm. But, it be nice to know the Emergency Viagra Glass is there.

All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full.
Ecclesiastes, 1:7
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Have had two wives whose spending power was at least or greater by 20% of my earning power. So while I have all of my working life has been on the sea so I have had that. Am now building my boat funds and am looking for the time when I will be out there for myself and not for a company...
Am now 67 and planning on being around for about another 30 or more years. Or try to anyway. You could say that I have lived a life of adventure and am looking for more to enjoy. But it is the best when you have someone to share it with.
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Old man sailing??

One moment..

HEY CAAAAAAAAAAAAAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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One problem with that Gui... Cam's not sailing any more...he's buying an RV...
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Old man sailing??

One moment..

HEY CAAAAAAAAAAAAAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hiring a diver to clean the bottom every month and a detailer to wash the topside twice a month and wax every 9-12 months have been my favorite adaptations to advancing age and retirement. When I mentioned the possibility of an RV, my wife said "Did the boom hit you again? We're nowhere near old enough for THAT!"
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Hey Giu...I am getting a bit hard of hearing...can you speak up a bit?

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I took early retirement at 56. After 2 years, it's the best thing I've done in my life. Though I may have to stop and work some over the next 3 years, I'm glad I went, instead of waiting.

I'm fortunate to be blessed with good health and a sound body. The aches and pains don't go away as fast as they used to, but they are easily bearable. Especially for the reward of being out here.

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Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
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As can be seen in my avatar photo I've gone through a metamorphosis since turning 68 . The spindly legs, large upper body and tendency to stand still for hours just staring into the onshore breeze are all indications of advanced aging.
The family has been raised and they are on their own, for the most part. My Wife (she insists that I spell 'wife' capitalized), however , hates sailing and boating in general. Therein lies the rub. I sold my Gloucester 20 a few years ago and have now decided to get back on the water. I'm finding that my best option will be to build a pocket cruiser that I can single hand. Of course that is the subject for a different forum.


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PBeezer,

Wish I could take early retirement but my SO will have non of it - I don't think she wants to tell people her husband is 'retired' - makes her feel old I guess.

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