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By the time I'm old enough to consider this, I'll just hand the helm and sheets over to my Mark 5 helpers...

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Hey, if you want to go out sailing... no reason you should endanger anyone else...
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Dang Dawg....you made me choke on my Triscuit! Who said that romanticizing sailing was DEAD?

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I guess I'll through in a couple of thoughts being a junior curmudgeon myself. First, from what I've seen, if every boater over the age of 50 quit, there would not be a marina or boat yard left in this country that could remain in business, so there wouldn't be many sub 50 boaters either. I'm late 40's and of the 250 slips at our marina, perhaps 6 or so boats are owned by folks younger than me. I've yet to see the marina where the majority of patrons were 50 or less. The fact is late 40's is the young end of the spectrum when you start talking about boats larger than your typical runabout and without them most marinas would be out of business. Without marinas, access to the water for the small percentage of boat owning sailors under 40 would be severely limited and likely even more expensive than now, further limiting availabilty.

Second, on the when to hang it up question, that date for me will no doubt be when the work of maintaining a boat outweighs the enjoyment. To me, the physical effort of sailing the boat pales in comparison to the physical effort of keeping the boat properly maintained. There is no doubt in my mind that I would sail a lot later in life if I could pay someone to keep the boat up for me.

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I took the wife whale watching from page 3 to 10 so this is a little late but I feel it important to mention to anyone who used "sailing and hazardous" in the same sentence to get to land immediately because you must be doing something wrong.
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Hang it up.....

.... when you can't get it up! (The mainsail, that is).
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