Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North Carolina
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I'm 26 and I've got a Pearson Triton. She's totally restored and ready to rock. No engine though, I like to sail, not motor. I don't get to take her out as much as I would like as I drive boats for a living and am often gone. As for sailing, I've been into it since I was 10 and I started working on schooners at 14.
It's tough turning kids onto sailing. As an instructor at Outward Bound's Hurricane Island Sailing School in Maine I had the opportunity to properly introduce many kids to the world of sailing. Few, if any, took to it after their course was completed. I don't know what it is, these kids aren't that much younger than I am yet sailing had little to no allure to them. It's almost as though it's not fast paced or glamorous enough. A great deal of sailing is finding pleasure in doing things the hard way instead of the easy way. Beating to windward, for example, as opposed to motoring. That has no appeal to most people my age. They don't seem to care about adventure, only convenience.
A buddy of mine is on the offshore racing team at Maine Maritime. His school buddies, all of whom should appreciate all boats to a certain extent as they are going to school to learn to drive them, make fun of him for being interested in sailing. I don't get it.