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Am I too old to learn to sail?

Sailed 3 times in my life. Most pleasurable experience was aboard a 41 ft Morgan. [40 yrs ago!!!] Sailed from Fla to Virginia. Loved it. Is 58 yrs. old, too old to learn to sail? Approaching retirement and interested in your thoughts. Thanks.
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Definitely not.... you're as old as you feel, I figure, and if you're fairly fit and still of nimble mind - go for it. It will help to have some means to either take lessons, charter, buy or any or all of the above.

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Hell no your not to old:)

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Sailed 3 times in my life. Most pleasurable experience was aboard a 41 ft Morgan. [40 yrs ago!!!] Sailed from Fla to Virginia. Loved it. Is 58 yrs. old, too old to learn to sail? Approaching retirement and interested in your thoughts. Thanks.
Dude, you're right in the sweet spot! Go sail!

PS - You'll learn a ton here too. It's a great forum. So welcome.


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Good point! Thanks Faster & Garffin
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You too, Smackdaddy
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no your not

im 75 and just bought a pearson 26
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Hey bart - I wonder if you're the grand-daddy of SN? In any case...you are The Man!


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No way!!!

There are plenty of people sailing - from racing Lasers to world cruising - WELL past their 50s. In fact if I had to guess you're probably right in the middle of the bell curve.

Get out there and enjoy it!

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I can't imagine being too old to learn to sail.
It isn't like mountian bike racing were fear of broken bones might hold you back a bit. Unless alzheimer's is kicking in, in which case you won't remember to check to see if people replied.
I know people who are in their late 50's and race bikes (bicycles, not motorcycles.) Sailing is physically easier.
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