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Re: The Passing of TQA John Duncker - Elephant's Child

There are always anecdotal exceptions to everything. I just thought Iíd add that some close friends of mine just crewed for their Fatherís friend to help him relocate his 50ft sailboat from Newport to Annapolis. He and his wife cruise all over New England, every summer, without help, but in shorter hops. They took on crew only for the open water trip home.

My friends are 60 and 63, the owner/cruiser is 80!

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Looking back I was in "perfect" condition when I was 60... I was completely unaware of what that would feel like. I never was in the hospital, broke a bone or even did much exercise. I just got up each day and my body worked the way it did the day before. At 60 I was just beginning to have some hearing loss... and didn't need hearing aids. Didn't think twice about lifting / man handling an OB from a cart into the trunk.

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Weíre getting ready to fly back to Grenada recommission the boat and do the islands are harbors weíve havenít spent enough time in. On my birthday (early June ) I went septic from a leg infection so couldnít do the final chores to put the boat to sleep on the hard at Clarkeís Court. Because I was limited to bed wife needed to flip the switches to drain the fresh water tanks. She fell 10í and broke her foot in three places falling from the top of the ladder.
Next day we flew home. I got admitted to hospital. She had her fractures addressed correctly. Itís now months later. Iím finally scabbed over with minimal pain but sheís still braced (although now able to weight bear some). She was the one with better balance, fine motor and better up the mast. I was the one with better strength and technical knowledge. Weíre a good team. But now we are totally de conditioned. Thatís the saving grace of cruising. Even if you are lazy and donít like exercise just cruising forces you to be constantly doing balance exercises, use your core, do things requiring upper body strength. You donít exercise your legs much nor build endurance but if you hike or snorkel time to time you fill in that gap.
Itís rare to see a deconditioned cruiser. Think that allows many cruisers to age more gracefully.
However you can blame everything on your parents. Unfortunately genetics has a lot to do with it.
I kind of agree with the deconditioned cruiser statement . That it allows them to age gracefully. Most of my cruiser friends are in pretty good condition except for their skin and eyes. Their brains are still on hyperdrive. Their mental states very positive.

The only major negative is The sun weathers them disproportionately and unless you have really good sunglasses takes a toll on vision. Many of them look weathered.

Iím sure that cruiser have a greater incidence of melanoma however Iím not backing this with any metrics as Iím just using common sense with increased expose, come increased risks.

But genetics is a large player as was said.

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