Again I think the thread was about young people really cruising. I take cruising as leaving your home port and headed out across an ocean and coming back to your home country in a year or so. I'm an American who's home port is Hood River Oregon and at that very small marina two sailboats left to cross the Pacific this year, both boats I assume are in Mexico right now. Both those boats had young couples on board. I see this everywhere we sail, not only in Europe but in the states as well. We are in the Canaries awaiting our passage to the Cape Verde Islands then to the Carib. We are on pontoon J of the marina Puerto Calero and there are 7 other boats on the pontoon getting ready to cross. Five of those boats have young sailors, we see this everywhere we go. I had a young couple maybe 22 or 23 aboard today to see our new boat. He is from Bermuda and she is from Glasgow they are headed to his home port after a couple years sailing. Their boat is not fancy but well taken care of. That is the way of the young sailors we see, inexpensive boats well taken care of.
It is foolish of me to even write about this subject because I can see most of the complainers here just don't get it and never will. Those who get it don't post on sites like this much because they are out having the time of their life while the rest of you bitch about every excuse in the world. I guess that's why the 1 % rule comes in to play with real cruising just like it did 40 years ago. You really want to do it and you have to sacrifice everything in your life and focus on going cruising, you have to be narrow sighted.
Anyway we are all working hard on our boats most days getting ready for the crossing, some days we take a day off from work and hitch around the island, drinking good cheap white wine, 80 cents a bottle and eating great sea food. In the evenings after five we hangout with other cruisers of all ages and drink some more while most of you just have wet dreams about cruising and forever nothing more. But I know maybe one of you will figure it out and screw all the crap you have brought upon yourself and come see what this life is all about. The oceans are big places and there is room for one or two % more.
ok. I love your post but I think there are some realities you just haven't added in. it's fine and dandy to talk about just cashing in your chips and setting off for a distant shore, but there are realities of life to consider. one of those is money.
it costs money to buy and outfit a boat for a trip like that. it takes money to keep yourself going along the way. you have to be assured that, if you manage to sock away that kind of cash and then quit your job for the adventure of a lifetime, you will be able to survive when you return. will you be able to find another job that will pay your bills? in the economic nightmare the progressive government has created, that's a light question.
and, looking at unemployment and under employment, in the country, how easy is it for people, especially younger people, to come up with the cash to fund such a venture? you are talking a good bit of money, even if you go on a shoestring.
but there is more to consider. what about people's responsibilities? many people have responsibilities they can't set aside. I am a good example ( of both points, actually ). i'd love to do some blue water sailing and explore. but, even if I could come up with enough funds and be sure of a means to survive when I returned, I couldn't do it because there would be on one to look after my mother. she's alone, since my father was killed, and relies on me a lot. if I just said screw it and set sail for a year or even a few months, there would be no one to look after her.
so, while I love the spirit of your post and I think it's great that you are living the dream, I don't think it's fair of you to be so negative towards those who aren't ale to do that.
I think that, in general, older people have a better chance of living that dream. as long as they did well financially, they have a sturdy financial foundation. once their kids leave home, they have no one that has any call o lean on them. they did all the crap you are supposed to do, in life, and are free to rewrite their lives.
there is an older guy, who has a beautiful vessel, that does videos of his travels, on youtube. he met a woman, along the way, and they live the life. but, he's in his 50s and what's to stop him, if he has the money?