Join Date: Dec 2007
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32 years old
I turned 32 this year and this is my second full season with my J/28. My priorities certainly have shifted since I was in my 20s.
As a single person, I can dedicate the time, effort and $$$ required to make a boat purchase viable. But, I had to really commit to cutting down non-sailing discretionary expenses, trade down in car "class", etc.
I am, by far, the youngest person in my marina; although I did not grow up sailing regularly, I often got to accompany my Dad when he chartered on the Chesapeake in the 80s.
My perspective on the <35 crowd as boat owners is threefold:
1. The cost of entry, upkeep, maintenance and berthing can be overwhelming.
2. They have never experienced sailing, or been invited. Most non-sailors I've brought aboard have been a little intimidated about the complexity of my boat.
3. There are many competing priorities in a younger family for time. How many of you have boats at your marina that go unused for 2-3 weeks at a time....this is a potentially expensive hobby.
4. Bonus: some 30 somethings still spend 5-6 nts / wk in a bar and can't afford their car payment, let alone a boat payment.