Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
When I was cruising as a young man, single handling around the Western Caribbean, no engine, no gadgets, I had a shaved head with a tattoo on it, I wore only a sarong, blaired live jam rock from the dead, grunge from seatle, reggae, hip hop, acid jazz, funk, classical, old timey folk etc. I was the quntessential, "un welcome in our marina" anti yachty, bare bones, boat kid and I loved it! Now, as I prepare the same little sloop, no engine, no gadgets, for an april departure to my house in Guanaja Honduras, I have the same taste in music only even more eclectic with a bit more trip hop in there, same tattoo on my head and same hair cut, I wear cargo shorts now, yet I still blame the bling, ho'ty ho ho culture of crotch rockets and stupid smart phones for this genertions general lack of interest in the organics of true live aboard cruising appeal . Of course there is a small group of 20 somethings out there in to it, but in general with out too much generalization, 20 somethings have different interests than my Gen did, generally speaking. All though kicking around Key West I see quite a few kids out there giving it the old college effort.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"