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Didnt realize you were a Don McClean fan, Was he a margaherta drinker?
Good catch. If he wasn't, he should have been.

Got me thinking. The title of the thread is "sobering......". Perhaps that's the real problem. Never let that happen to yourself. We should have a telethon to help sober people.
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Interesting thought. However, I'm 51 and my wife is 49. We've never considered that it could be a problem...
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Re: A Sobering Realization

My husband will be 66 and I will be 62 when our first opportunity comes to cut the dock lines and go (July 2016). The reason I say "our first opportunity" is because that is the date we will both be able to take our pensions. We will have a boat outfitted and ready to go and our shoreside affairs will have been put in order. Realistically though, if we can't sell our house (which we bought just before the crash in 2005, and is now upside down), it could even be later than that.

We thought we would be retired by 50 and had planned to sail much more of the world. As our departure date became many years delayed we realized that the rigors of long ocean passages no longer appealed to us and our plans have been modified to coastal and Caribbean cruising. Depending on the state of our health, maybe we'll modify them more so that we're never out of reach of a U.S. doctor. But the one thing we WON'T consider, as long we both have a reasonable degree of health, is giving up the plan altogether.

We make a conscious effort though to keep in the best physical condition we can. We eat very healthy, get plenty of rest, and we make ourselves keep very active. Besides our water activities, in the summer we bike, hike, and walk and in both summer and winter we strength train. If we don't feel like exercising one of us will usually remind the other of the reason we are doing it...."if you REALLY want to go cruising....." And that usually motivates us to get ourselves moving.

We know from experience that we have less stamina and strength than we once had. Reflexes are slower, eyesight not as good, a little less sure on our feet. But that just means we'll be more careful, we'll plan better, we'll wait as long as we have to for ideal conditions before moving on.

Please don't talk yourself out of this. Just take stock of what you need to do and what you can do to maximize your potential for success and GO. Do it until you can't anymore. You'll know when it's time to quit. But it doesn't sound to me like you're anywhere near that point just yet.
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We should have a telethon to help sober people.
Why? What good could come from that?

Just re-read your post. At first I thought you were talking about helping people get sober. Thus my comment above.

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Dreams are best achieved when taken on with forethought and realistic expectations.
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Re: A Sobering Realization

Four years ago, when I was 61, bought my basket-case boat to renovate and sail. The year before that, I retired, relocated, and built a new house...I mean built, from the footings up...alone. The only help I needed was digging out some glacial erratics:-) We oldsters can "keep on ticking." Although not as strong or agile as I once was, I'm a hell of a lot better at making sane decisions and planning.

That said, I believe it is important to avoid being trapped into long-term plans, especially as it relates to sailing. I originally planned on circumnavigating but really lost my desire to do so. So I canned the idea without a second thought. I now use the boat when I feel the urge to do so without being wedded to any plan that's going to keep me trapped on the boat. One of the goals of being retired should be to enjoy life without being driven by some plan that may no longer make you happy. This is one of the dangers in owning a sailboat. Often fantasy differs from reality. It's probably wise to avoid making sailing plans that require burning bridges or getting in debt, or giving up other things that are not possible on a boat.
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Why? What good could come from that?
You're right. You can lead a horse to water......... but no telethon will make 'em drink.
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Re: A Sobering Realization

Locally, August 1st we had a 70 year old woman return from a two year circumnavigation aboard her Najad 38.
She just departed again October 22nd for her next attempt at a single handed non-stop circumnavigation via the great capes!
She is currently the oldest woman to have done a single handed circumnavigation TWICE. She is headed south for the Horn.

I don't think age is an issue here as long as one has health and desire.

Google S/Y Nereida and Jean Socrates for inspiration!!
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Re: A Sobering Realization

If you look around volleyball beach at Georgetown Exuma you will notice the predominant hair color is grey. We met a couple at Manjack in the Abacos. Both were in there mid 70's. We sailed, dined, beach combed and snorkeled with them and I suspect we may have slowed them down a bit. If memory serves, Wes and Linda were on a 32 foot Valiant and living well, really well. Go small, go now. You can always find a way to make money, but you will never be able to buy a minute more time.
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Interesting thought. However, I'm 51 and my wife is 49. We've never considered that it could be a problem...
At 51, I never even gave it a thought either.

My dad was 53 when he bought his first boat. I'll be 62 in April. I never even started to feel age until the last year or so. Maybe the activity required for living aboard will reverse that.
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