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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-19-2009 06:45 PM
billyruffn
Hang it up.....

.... when you can't get it up! (The mainsail, that is).
01-18-2009 11:26 PM
capttb I took the wife whale watching from page 3 to 10 so this is a little late but I feel it important to mention to anyone who used "sailing and hazardous" in the same sentence to get to land immediately because you must be doing something wrong.
01-18-2009 10:53 AM
PalmettoSailor I guess I'll through in a couple of thoughts being a junior curmudgeon myself. First, from what I've seen, if every boater over the age of 50 quit, there would not be a marina or boat yard left in this country that could remain in business, so there wouldn't be many sub 50 boaters either. I'm late 40's and of the 250 slips at our marina, perhaps 6 or so boats are owned by folks younger than me. I've yet to see the marina where the majority of patrons were 50 or less. The fact is late 40's is the young end of the spectrum when you start talking about boats larger than your typical runabout and without them most marinas would be out of business. Without marinas, access to the water for the small percentage of boat owning sailors under 40 would be severely limited and likely even more expensive than now, further limiting availabilty.

Second, on the when to hang it up question, that date for me will no doubt be when the work of maintaining a boat outweighs the enjoyment. To me, the physical effort of sailing the boat pales in comparison to the physical effort of keeping the boat properly maintained. There is no doubt in my mind that I would sail a lot later in life if I could pay someone to keep the boat up for me.
01-18-2009 10:49 AM
sailingdog Hey, if you want to go out sailing... no reason you should endanger anyone else...
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Dang Dawg....you made me choke on my Triscuit! Who said that romanticizing sailing was DEAD?
01-17-2009 10:15 PM
eMKay By the time I'm old enough to consider this, I'll just hand the helm and sheets over to my Mark 5 helpers...

01-17-2009 10:03 PM
Sailormann
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I was curious about how some of you felt and thought I could get answers back w/o pissing anyone off.
Yet another piece of wisdom that you'll acquire with age ...
01-17-2009 09:14 PM
fullkeel7
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If you're going to do that, don't forget to scuttle the boat, so you don't leave a hazard to navigation.
Dang Dawg....you made me choke on my Triscuit! Who said that romanticizing sailing was DEAD?
01-17-2009 03:24 PM
Insails when they pull the halyards from my dead cold hands.........
01-17-2009 02:52 PM
MtnMike
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Honestly, it is my intention to try to be one of the blessed few who can hop off the transom - scotch in hand and smile on my face thanking the boat and this earth for some very special adventures.
Let me know when your going to do that. I bet the "Hooker" will need Crew!!
01-17-2009 12:13 PM
SEMIJim
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Jim, read Paul's story before you get so self-righteous about exercise - he's got the screen name "CARDIAC" for a reason!
I guess you must've missed the part where I wrote "unless you suffer from some physical impairment that precludes doing so," allowing for that possibility.

Jim
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