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We are currently moving forward and doing it! We have two years left beginning October 1, possibly sooner depending on the market... I am 28 and my girlfriend is 22. I've been sailing since I was a child.. Grew up in New Orleans racing, day sailing, and doing offshore regattas. Since then I have been through a number of boats. After searching for more than 6 years I have found the exact build, layout, and safety features I wanted. We are sailing on KoKoi our beautiful 2000 Beneteau 36 CC. We are currently in the process of doing the final touches for cruising. This weeks project is a new HMC bed for the girlfriend. She said buy that and she will be set! Sounds like a cheap date to me!!! I would love to talk with other young cruisers following the dream and would love to hear what they are doing with there plans. We currently reside in downtown St Augustine, FL. So if anyone would like to go for a sail, have a beer, or needs info about the city let us know. We try and sail a minimum of one day a week currently, and then on weekends do small 2-3 day trips and some overnight offshore stuff..
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I'm 27, have been itching since about 23. Don't have one yet, but looking aggressively.
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Well, I'm Twenty-nine with forty years of experience of being Twenty-nine...
Does that count?? Am looking for a new (to me) but have worked on the water all of my adult life...
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26 and bought my first sailboat last August (first time sailing was on my own boat), a 1998 Hunter 240. I wanted to get my feet wet in a boat I knew wouldn't break me financially. Now I want to move up to a 30-34' and leave with the wife for a life down south, but I'm not yet salty enough to take on that challenge. I figure I will get the larger boat next spring and leave the following year. Hopefully I have gained enough skill by then to not kill the two of us!
Here I am quoting myself, but on June 11th, 2009 it was all a dream. On December 31st of 2009 I bought the 34' Sabre in my avatar. The house is now for sale, and we will be leaving for adventures down south next August.

It's scary to think of giving-up prime money making years of our life, but without kids, why not do it now? Our plan is to take off for two years then return to the US broke and ready to work for the next trip.
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I'm in the boat owners under 35 crowd. I've been sailing since I was 8 months old.

Some just aren't interested in the work it takes. How many people used to do their own tune ups on cars vs nowadays? I know more people who don't know how to change a tire than do. It's too much work to know that.

Recent generations are more interested in quick status symbols. Shiny and loud is what's important. Iphones, new car, new house, xbox, etc. They want a quick return on things and sailing has a bigger learning curve than these other gadgets.

I have a preowned house, a preowned truck, no iphone...
But I have two boats. One I can go fly across the water in, get wet, capsize, and use it to shock all the powerboaters when they see a wind powered vessel on a plane for the first time. The other I could easily take five or six out for a cruise, serve them dinner or I could live on it.
If I can do it, anyone who wants to can.

It's all about priorities. Some things are easier than others.
People still want to go sailing, but it's a little harder to get out there than it is to log on to facebook so all they ever say is, "I've always wanted to go sailing" and it never changes.

Let them stay on land, I say. It's one less boat that will be neglected.
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One issue about cars is that many modern cars are very difficult to work on, since so much is dependent on having expensive, high-tech, diagnostic tools.
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One issue about cars is that many modern cars are very difficult to work on, since so much is dependent on having expensive, high-tech, diagnostic tools.

Don't I know. I gave up brand new cars just a little while ago. Not worth it IMO.
Some things on them haven't change, however. It's still just a lug wrench and a jack to change a tire on most of them. Hell, the wheels are even lighter.
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My wife (26) and I (34) just came back from a year of cruising the Caribbean on our Ohlson 38 which we sold when we left. Prior to that we'd spent 2004-6 wandering around the virgins in a Grand Banks 35 (stink pot!) and a Targa 32 sloop.

We're now back in northern California planning our next adventure. :-)
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Don't I know. I gave up brand new cars just a little while ago. Not worth it IMO.
Some things on them haven't change, however. It's still just a lug wrench and a jack to change a tire on most of them. Hell, the wheels are even lighter.
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Here I am quoting myself, but on June 11th, 2009 it was all a dream. On December 31st of 2009 I bought the 34' Sabre in my avatar. The house is now for sale, and we will be leaving for adventures down south next August.

It's scary to think of giving-up prime money making years of our life, but without kids, why not do it now? Our plan is to take off for two years then return to the US broke and ready to work for the next trip.
We are in a similar situation to you funjohnson, and looking to do the same out here in Oz. I figure enough of my life is going to be given over to the 9-5 grind, we want to steal a year or so back while we can..........if that makes us that little bit less wealthier when I die so be it!
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