Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chesapeake bay area
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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
I'm 24 and my girl friend is 23, we cruised from Baltimore to key west last winter on our cheoy lee clipper 33, and had a great 6 month trip. I bought the boat for the price of a used car, and financed the restoration with my construction job, so anyone can do it. We met a couple other youngsters, but less than 10 in total and all older than us, early 30's. There are plenty of cheap boats out there for the taking, the fact is anyone can buy an old boat, and finance its restoration with any old job. The key is to not get sucked into the American dream, and think you need a nice car, and fancy things to show everyone else how successful you are. Everyone has a nice car these days, simply put that money into a boat and you can go cruising. We originally planned to cruise to the Bahamas and beyond, but during the trip we realized what we wanted in the design of our cruising home, and decided to return home, sell that boat I bought for 4 grand for 30, and found a great deal on a spindrift 43 that we are currently restoring, hopefully we will be back cruising by next winter. Kids these days are too caught up in iphones and what ever cloths and superficial ******** they think they need to appear successful, in fact they are restricting themselves. The video games Im sure are a big reason too, why go out into the world for anything when you can sit at home and invade another country, or drive a stolen can, or what ever you want on your game system?
Also, jobs are out there, if you cant find or get a job there is no way you are going to be able to buy fix up and successfully cruise a sailboat.
Last edited by Cruxandreams; 12-25-2013 at 12:47 AM.