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Kid that went to highschool with my son graduated from h's, got into college, got a deferment, bought a 32 footer and left from the Chesapeake to the Bahamas spring of 2011 and came back summer 2012.

I heard he had an absolute ball.

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We are in our 20's and we are out here doing it! Loving every minute of it and wondering why I didn't leave sooner. Everyone has a different dream in life and this dream isn't a reality for everyone. Young people now a days seem to like things more than adventure or experiences. On top of that college debt was already mentioned. I have a lot of friends that would love to be out here and look back on poor decisions earlier in life. Fancy cars, big houses, college debt, credit cards. The reasons are endless. I personally feel that people bought way more than their means. Young people were capable of getting loans much greater than they could ever afford. To each their own.
Wouldn't it be nice if all a 20-something had to do was forego the fancy car and big house in order to go cruise the world? Nice blog, by the way. Sure looks like you have significant outside financial assistance. A ~$100k boat, a $500+/month "partying" budget. And looks like you haven't really left the eastern coastal waters.
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

I haven't read the entire thread, but I can sum my answer to the OP question up in 2 words;

Health Insurance

If it were not for this insidious ongoing expense, my wife and I would be out there NOW.

Back in the '60's and '70s access to health services was more of a right than a business. Today, it seems that the opposite is true. Doctors were well paid back then, but insurance companies were not multi-billion dollar per year corporations. On the other hand, I recognize that many of the expensive procedures that are commonplace today were not available. Still, back in the day, the total cost of a visit to a Doctor is currently charged as a Co-pay.
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Wouldn't it be nice if all a 20-something had to do was forego the fancy car and big house in order to go cruise the world? Nice blog, by the way. Sure looks like you have significant outside financial assistance. A ~$100k boat, a $500+/month "partying" budget. And looks like you haven't really left the eastern coastal waters.

I wish we had outside financial assistance. No one has given a penny to us to make this dream a reality. Hence we don't even have a donate button on our blog. Lots of long hours at work made this a reality for me. Glad you enjoy browsing the blog! We are in the Chesapeake running from the hurricane season. The first of October we will begin heading South through the Caribbean and over to Central America. That's when things will really begin to get exciting!

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Start early, start small. I paid for my grandson's week-long sailing camp. They just learn the basics on a Sunfish, but the seed is planted. He goes out with me on my boat, Hunter 29.5, but he finds it kinda boring when compared to the little boat.There's a lot of excitement in pushing the envelope, but knowing you're only going to get wet if you go too far.
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Because society tells us we have to get jobs and pay taxes and forgo personal freedom.
I told society fo F'off. Got to finish school though.
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I like this article in the NY Times today. Funny and relevant reasoning that I think both generations can agree on: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/bo...86ACDC4745E179
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I haven't read the entire thread, but I can sum my answer to the OP question up in 2 words;

Health Insurance

If it were not for this insidious ongoing expense, my wife and I would be out there NOW.
+1 on the health insurance. I'm 29 (relatively young by sailing standards) and every time I start to get the serious cruising bug my wife reminds me what our healthcare costs would be without employer subsidized insurance. I'm not complaining because we have very good insurance at a reasonable price, which is a lot more than most people have, but it keeps us in golden handcuffs.
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A little late to post, but I don't want to be missed. I am 25, been dreaming of sailing on my own boat everyday since I was ten when all I did was read Patrick O'Brian novels and sail Lasers and I've finally got myself into a position to where I can sail half of my time, the other half working on ships (Hello Jones Act and GoneGlobal, I'll be seeing you in Marsh Harbour
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Because society tells us we have to get jobs and pay taxes and forgo personal freedom.
I told society fo F'off. Got to finish school though.
That's not exactly telling Society to f@%$ off.

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