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01-11-2014 01:34 AM
captain jack
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

01-03-2014 12:06 AM
luhtag
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

There's a few out there. I think it tends to go in cycles. Maybe with a plethora of cheap boats available we'll see more and more.

I've been cruising since 23. I'm 39 now and cruise with me wife and three offspring. They're all under ten so they're young.
12-25-2013 01:36 AM
Cruxandreams
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.
12-24-2013 12:55 AM
captain jack
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

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I agree. There has never been a time in my lifetime, when so many older, but still seaworthy, fiberglass boats are available at good prices for someone willing to put in a little sweat equity and some capital.
that's what i am doing. 1971 cal27. $300. needs some work but it's seaworthy. structurally sound. need to find a motor, though.
12-24-2013 12:51 AM
captain jack
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

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Just to add to this discussion. We are in our 30s and we are out there cruising, our boat is usually among the smallest in any anchorage, and we don't have all the fancy tools on board, but we are definitely enjoying every second of it!
Keep on sailing -
Chris
that's awesome.
12-23-2013 05:12 PM
Group9
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

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I notice that at present times there's a huge number of old fiberglass boats that have deteriorated equipment, but sound hulls and they are available for less than the cost of the raw materials to build a wooden hull. In my cruising area, along the US East Coast, I've met many young individuals and couples that are moving aboard and/or sailing these older fiberglass boats. Admittedly, there are far fewer in the Northeast where the slips in marinas are so expensive, but from the Chesapeake and down to centra Florida there are many inepensive marinas. My nephew is lining on a Catalina just a few slips down from our current location.
I agree. There has never been a time in my lifetime, when so many older, but still seaworthy, fiberglass boats are available at good prices for someone willing to put in a little sweat equity and some capital.
12-23-2013 02:08 PM
christian.hess
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

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Just to add to this discussion. We are in our 30s and we are out there cruising, our boat is usually among the smallest in any anchorage, and we don't have all the fancy tools on board, but we are definitely enjoying every second of it!
Keep on sailing -
Chris
we are you eventually heading to?

well start cruising next year...as soon as our boat is ready down here in el salvador...
12-23-2013 01:34 PM
tv195
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

Just to add to this discussion. We are in our 30s and we are out there cruising, our boat is usually among the smallest in any anchorage, and we don't have all the fancy tools on board, but we are definitely enjoying every second of it!
Keep on sailing -
Chris
12-16-2013 02:50 PM
captain jack
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

i think that's a large part of the issue. that basic idea has popped up several times in this thread. it's undeniable that our modern frame of mind has become exactly as that guy said. at least for a vast majority of people. people do their best during adversity. we don't seem to function as well during tmes of ease. give someone a difficult task and they will give it everything they have, as long as they don't have an easy out. give someone am easy task and they will only apply themselves enough to just barely get it done.

it's like down town frederick, md. that's where i was born and raised. it was settled by german and irish immigrants. if you look up, as you walk through town, you will notice the most beautiful architecture. fancy stonework and artistic designs. my father remembers, even when he was a little kid, how they dragged the big stones, for the banks on the square corner, in by horse. now, building stuff is relatively easy and everything we build is plain and unadorned...i'd say, ugly. it's sad that people who had to work so hard at everything they did could expend the extra time to build in quality and art, yet, we who can do amazing things with ease can't be bothered with either.
12-15-2013 03:18 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??

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To me this Louis CK clip summarizes what this thread is all about-
That was funny.

a lot of it seems to come down to so many people want to do something or want information or anything else, Now. Not later, but now. That instant gratification of getting what you want without having to wait for it.

Anyone just take a day off of work and watch traffic on a busy road and just think about it? All those people rushing off to their office or cubicle and always running around and trying to get things done as if life was a race and yet they never get to their perceived destination. They're always going out and trying to do more and get more and save more and... more. And yet, with the information and knowledge of the world at our fingertips, many are still not satisfied.

The guy in the video makes a good point when he says people should just go "Wow!" and be excited with everything that is around them and see how amazing the world around us really is. Not just the technology aspect but also the natural world around us. Seeing SV Lealea up in Alaska and seeing all the beautiful mountains and coves and natural surroundings is amazing. Being able to travel with the wind is amazing. Seeing videos of sailors cruising around the ICW or the Caribbean or all over the world, like Drake is doing on Paragon, now in Iceland, I think(?).

What I like about those who are documenting their adventures on blogs or Youtube is that they can share their adventures with others that could inspire many others. Unfortunately, for many of us, life gets in the way at times or others (like family members) talk people out of following their dreams to explore or be self sufficient and give up.

To see more people out there doing it will require more encouragement and mentorship to help people along. Thankfully, from what I've seen, there is a pretty good support group among the sailing/cruising communities.
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