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08-14-2015 06:54 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I think the factor that keeps a lot of people out of the sailing life at an early age is moorage fees... In Vancouver it's about 4 grand a year for a 26' boat and that's if you can find a slip. I'm 43 now and I'm about to buy an inexpensive sailboat in the 27' range. I started sailing a 14' enterprise on and off through my twenties. I was 38 when this thread started though!
07-20-2015 05:52 AM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

Well being that this thread is almost 6 years old, I guess it's ok to chime in being 4 years north of the OP upper limit. I just took a sailing course two weekends ago, bought a '73 Aquarius 23 2 weeks ago and took my first ever sailboat ride (besides the course) single handed last weekend in my boat. I'm 38 and get lots of looks when I tell people I bought a sailboat and fully intend on using it every chance I get. My father died at 55, I lost a coworker this year at 54, I have at least 5 coworkers in their late 50's to mid 60's who are half crippled with bum knees, shoulders, arthritis, and various ailments who are looking forward to retirement but not for the freedom it brings..

I didn't want to wind up like any of them, either dead with dreams left on the table or retired with a body too worn out to do anything other than hobble to the dr's office. Even if I never make it to the Caribbean, I can say I chased a dream when I had a chance and that's one less to leave on the table.
07-17-2015 11:02 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

Wow! Lots more youngsters here than I thought. Glad to see this.

All the best,

07-16-2015 09:43 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I'm 34 and have always been interested in sailing and I'm the proud owner of a 1975 C&C Yacht 24, I docked in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is a project boat but I look forward to spending as much time as possible with her in the Chesapeake Bay. Looking to get at least two season out of her before I move up to something bigger.
04-22-2015 12:23 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

Just curious why people relate their lives to a constantly changing number instead of living as a free soul and in the moment?
03-23-2015 09:49 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I'm about to turn 26, living in San Diego. Own an I-14 and a Vanguard15, and try to crew on whatever boats I can get on -- if you need crew let me know! I've been sailing since I was about 5 and coaching part time since high school. Mostly racing focused and looking to buy a Mini650 before I'm in my 30s so I can start racing in the short-handed, offshore, distance regattas.
03-18-2015 01:48 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I'm 31 living aboard in Los Angeles and have been sailing regularly for a year, and off and on my for the past 10 years or so. Refitting an old Allied while saving and gaining experience for distant cruising beginning November 2016.
03-09-2015 07:43 AM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I am 23 and live in Wisconsin. Split the cost of an RL24 with my dad, was only able to take it out once since we bought it in November, hoping to get plenty of time on it this upcoming summer.
03-08-2015 10:41 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I'm almost 26, learned to sail on a Sunfish as a wee lad. Got an Ensign several years ago and "raced" it to Mackinac Island a couple times from the UP and sailed quite a bit up there in the home of Fleet 31 the largest Ensign fleet in North America. Going to be buying a Merit 25 and hope to do some little trips maybe up to the Manitous and Beaver Island this summer.
03-03-2015 10:04 PM
Re: How many young people (say 35 or under)out there

I am 29 and I split an O'Day 25 with someone who is a few years younger than me and this will be our third year with the boat. I've always been attracted to sailing. I built a Stevenson Weekender, a 20ft fiberglass cloth-covered plywood gaff-rigged sloop, when I was 17. I raced 420s and FJs in college and started crewing for anyone I could. I still race on big boats on the LIS. We've taken our O'Day cruising on the Long Island Sound and down to New Jersey many times. We're thinking about trading up our O'Day to something 30-35 Feet soon.
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