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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

i believe the thought that less younger people are cruising comes from statistcs. i will have to reread the original post, to be sure. one thing about statistcs, though, is that they can be interpreted to mean pretty much anything. plus, how did they accrue the inforation that was used to make these statistics? where was the data collected. all of that comes into play. you can never truly be sure of the accuracy of statistics. it could be much ado over nothing.

even if less are cruising now, what about as these generations age; as they get more disposable wealth, get more time, or have just fulfilled the expectations of society and are free to do their own thing? even if less are cruising now, it does not mean that they may not go cruising later in life.
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the OP doesn't really say. he just states that less young people are sailing. it would be interesting to see some actual data on that.
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the OP doesn't really say. he just states that less young people are sailing. it would be interesting to see some actual data on that.
They probably just opened their eyes and looked around....not hard to see. Many you could find an APP for it?


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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

It's not hard to see. And if these young people get more disposable income and go cruising later in life like you say, they won't be "young" people cruising.
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yeah. that's my point. but does it matter if people start cruising at 20 or 40, as long as people still sail?
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

I think the fear is that without young people taking an interest in sailing, eventually it will fall into serious decline.

There are a number of recreational activities that experienced booms in the 70's in the U.S. that lost popularity later on including tennis and cycling.

Cycling is experiencing another boom as a method of transportation as cities look for ways to reduce car traffic. I suppose if gas got expensive enough people might take another look at sailing but it has to be made more accessible. As much as some of us might look down on the McGregor power sailors, they might be a key to what keeps sailing vital. Easy to own, easy to transport, and easy to rig. I could see better electronics playing a role in helping novices become better sailers by recommending changes in sail trim, etc.
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I think the fear is that without young people taking an interest in sailing, eventually it will fall into serious decline.
Well, as far as I can tell, the interest in actually SAILING has already fallen into a serious decline - especially among those who happen to own Cruising Sailboats... :-)

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I could see better electronics playing a role in helping novices become better sailers by recommending changes in sail trim, etc.
Yup, just the sort of thing the Sailors of the Future will need, to help keep sailing alive...

A "Telltales App" for their iPhone... :-)
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More and more I'm seeing marina's getting rid of their smaller slips. Without small slips it becomes less affordable to say pick up a nice used Cat 25. This is a cause effect of shitty government, easy money equals easy financing on new boats. Young couple see's pretty boat at show likes easy financing and monthly payment buys boat realizes its really expensive sells boat at huge loss gives up sailing.
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More and more I'm seeing marina's getting rid of their smaller slips. Without small slips it becomes less affordable to say pick up a nice used Cat 25. This is a cause effect of shitty government, easy money equals easy financing on new boats. Young couple see's pretty boat at show likes easy financing and monthly payment buys boat realizes its really expensive sells boat at huge loss gives up sailing.
I think the problem is more that young couples aren't spending their money on sailing at all, not that they're buying too much boat (although I'm sure there are examples of that too).

Personally I don't think the government is to blame for sailing's decline, - though a poor economy doesn't help.

For that matter I think the economic problems go deeper than republicans vs democrats. We are responsible for our own government anyway. Personally, I think we need to start questioning whether or current economic system can succeed over time. Labor is cheaper overseas and automation is cheaper still. Unless we make some drastic changes, there simply won't be that many good paying jobs. It doesn't matter much who is in office unless it is a collection of folks willing to be much bolder than most of the politicians we've have had over the last several decades.
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Well, as far as I can tell, the interest in actually SAILING has already fallen into a serious decline - especially among those who happen to own Cruising Sailboats... :-)



Yup, just the sort of thing the Sailors of the Future will need, to help keep sailing alive...

A "Telltales App" for their iPhone... :-)
lol. i thought the same thing about more advanced electronics. perhaps the last thing the human race needs is another activity we can no longer do without our machines to lead us by the hand. already, people can't drive without the car telling them where to go.
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