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This age thing always raises it's head and we go ahead and do it anyway. If you are in crappy shape (fits me a couple months of the year) you are going to have problems. If you attempt to stay fit it is amazing what you can do....although slower than when you were 30 something. Probably smarter as well because you know you are not invinsible by now if you are over 60!

Just go sail and see what works out. Go for a weeks charter and see what your body tells you, and then get the boat and have a great time as long as it is your dream.

To the poster that in his 30's is worried about his skiing please move out of the way for the old folks still out there having a great time on the mountain. In my mid 60's I and friends still manage to ski about three weeks of the winter, two of them in the mountains. We don't party nearly as hardy as we once did, but we ski and have a great time and not on many groomers.

Great story that fits the "Am I too old?" question. A couple of years ago skiing at Big Sky in Montana I rode the tram with an older couple. They skiied a minimum of 6 weeks every winter moving from mountain to mountain around the West. They were over 80 and skiied free because of their age. The gentleman told me he had recently switched to a board because it was a little easier on his body but his wife was still on ski's. Right after they told me their story I watched them turn and jump into a forest that was steep and tight. Old? Hell no, they were still young.
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This reminds me of a time perhaps 25 years ago when a number of airplanes were having difficulty handling tough wind sheers as they were either taking off or landing. The press reported on a number of these planes and their crews, and it was discovered that the planes and crews that did best were handled by a captain in his 60s. In other words, his experience (there were no female pilots in the small sample) gave him the extra tools to handle the changing conditions more successfully than a pilot who might be younger or with quicker reactions. I say much the same thing to my 17 year old son since he is a new driver.

One bottom line is that as we age we may be less likely to make mistakes, and we are more likely to anticipate conditions and make adjustments before faster reaction is required.

My bottom line? I took my first sailing lesson at age 53, so I'm not gonna let a little thing like age get me out of the cockpit before I wanna go!

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I know from working in the field of construction you have to work smarter as you get older. The yungins have strength and stamina but not the know how. Knowledge is the great equalizer.

I once told my boss, "I work very hard to make my job easier." He looked confused.
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I know from working in the field of construction you have to work smarter as you get older. The yungins have strength and stamina but not the know how. Knowledge is the great equalizer.
As the bumper sticker said; Age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm.
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Youth is wasted on the young. Cheers!

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I was reading a Cap'n Fatty article in Cruising World the other day. He said after 52 years of being a liveaboard, he had never actually bought a boat. He acquired them, built one, traded for one but had never actually gone out into the market and searched for one to buy.

Now, at the age of 60, after completing two circumnavigations in his 38' Olin Stephens designed sloop, and logging some 20,000+ miles on the water, he wanted a boat that would take him "from 60 to 80."

That's when it hit me. OMG, I wasn't 30 anymore!

In my quest to finally realize my dream of having my own boat and becoming a liveaboard, I realized I was recalling the bulk of my sailing days, when I was in my 20's and 30's, and the less often sailing in my 40's. I recalled how easily I got around the boat, how easily I handled sailing it, and how natural all that had been for me. Surely I can still do that, right?

But while at the boat show I was surprised to find myself a bit less than sure-footed when getting in, out and around the boats. I passed it off to the lack of sleep from the drive there, and being a little rusty. But Cap'n Fatty had just woken me up. I wasn't a kid anymore.

I now fear I may have missed that opportunity, the one where I can sail a boat like I once did. All that has got me to wondering, "What will it REALLY be like sailing off into the sunset?"
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LOL Welcome to the club !

Starting to see the wisdom in ele winches now hummmm some techno stuff are worth there weight & trouble .... wisdom keeps the lil more complicated boat sailing ..

Younggins need simple boats , fastest way to get out there eazy to affore ect... thay can wrassel that anchor onboad lol ...

Wise old folk know better than to let them brushes wear down in that ele motor ect...ect...

Don't let it stop ya , don't even let it slow you & yours down , keep pressing you deserve it ....
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A long long time ago
I can still remember how
that music used to make me smile.


Think like a kid again. Everything was possible, and still is.


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JulieMor,

I agree with the consensus here: Just do it! Plan well, of course, but don't plan so long that you never make your dream a reality.

We are all capable of much more than we think we are!

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Motor brushes? That's so retro-steampunk-1800's. (G) Dropping into a local fan/motor repair shop to replace brushes, or even ordering then from a manufacturer, has become almost as unusual as seeing a polo team riding unicorns.

All kidding aside, brushless DC motors apparently are being used on cordless powertools these days (at a premium price, not in the $100 drills at all) so give it five or ten more years, and the question may be "dude, your magnets came apart in salt air" because there are no more brushes, just two sets of coils and one ring of very powerful magnets in the new motors. Which should keep the compass calibration folks in business a bit longer, too. (G)
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