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Young people and adventure
I hope everybody will allow me to expound a bit on something I believe, that young people should engage in adventures when they can as exemplified by Harborless' adventure.
When I first saw his posts concerning sailing without liability insurance, I was disdainful thinking he was an older guy who should know better but then found he is only 23. Realizing his age, my attitude changed as I think he is doing exactly what he should be doing. At his age, the cost of this $2600 boat is probably most of his net worth and the cost of liability insurance is a major deal and his best insurance really is competence. With a little experience and resources, he will realize he needs it and will get it.
I hang out with a bunch of guys my age who are approaching retirement. They all talk about the adventures they hope to have when they are no longer working. Unfortunately, they will no longer be able to walk the Appalachian trail or sail around the world etc as most of us have nearly worked ourselves to death by that time.
When I was his age, I got married and we quit our very good jobs in Houston and without jobs decided to go to Colorado and spend as much time in the wilderness as possible. Everyone thought we were crazy. After camping for 90 days on the Continental divide, she was badly injured in a climbing accident. Fortunately, women talk us into things we otherwise would not do and she had talked me into purchasing a cheap accident policy that was actually expensive for our budget. It paid ALL of her medical expenses, amazing. After her injury, we still camped 30 more days until the snow was collapsing our tent and I went and got an oilfield job in WY.
When my oldest daughter graduated from college, I told her "Don't you dare settle down in a normal job at your age, go have adventures". She took my advice although now I wish she and the BF would settle down. They have managed to do an astonishing amount of very cheap travel all over the world and paid for all of it themselves.
I met a young Australian guy in the Bahamas, he was 24 and had worked for a year in the mines of West AU to make some money and then had "sailboat hitchhiked" across the pacific to Vancouver, then gone across to Quebec and then boat hitched to the bahamas and had found a position on a boat going to Africa and thence back to AU. Someone to admire.
So, I implore Harborless to not give up. This adventure will teach him more useful stuff than any school ever would.