Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
It's much easier to point to a source of the information sought, than to repeat it over and over again, especially when that source contains far more information, which would be useful to the person asking.
Complaints I get are " No, you'd best throw that Brent Furler away and give me $3K for the one I'm selling." or "You have one of those Brent boats. Get out of here. You guys build all your own gear, and dont buy nothin." or "Brent doesn't charge enough." All of which I consider compliments , reaffirming that I am doing something effective to help low income cruisers get off the treadmill and out cruising. If they considered me one of them, that I would consider an insult.I have very little need for more money, and thoughts of more money rarely cross my mind. If I put out an effort to help people get out cruising in affordable ways, and dont sweat money issues , enough will come my way to take care of my meagre needs. Any more than that is irrelevant to me. Having helped a bit is the lions share of my reward.
When my pension rolls in, the book and plans will become more of a burden to me than a benefit. I'll have to keep them going for the benefit of cruisers. I would like to give them to the womens shelter, so they could take care of distribution for a source of funding, but they only want cash.
Sites which have banned me , still use my name to promote their sites. So who is being the freeloader there? People visit sites for the information they get and those who contribute valuable info are, in effect, making the a site more attractive to viewers, which greatly enhances their value to advertisers.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"