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Re: Nobody's buying boats?
I wonder how much "younger" people ever counted for sailboat sales. I'm a new comer to sailboat ownership, so I can't really have an informed opinion, but my GUESS is that owning a sailboat has always been more of an older folks endeavor.
Even if I'm wrong about that, I don't see the younger folks of today as being any less energetic than previous generations. And as technology has made it easier to sail and navigate, the designers of gear for other sports have made even greater advancements. Sports like snowboarding, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, whitewater kayaking, paragliding are SO much more accessible, easy, safe, and FUN now than they were twenty years ago. All those sports are attracting increasing numbers of young adults. They cost about the same as owning and sailing a small sailboat. But, they are WAY more physical than sailing and thus are really more appropriate for young people. And every one of those sports is chock-full of athletic, fun, adventurous women with great bodies. If you know of a sailboat marina that can make that claim, please let me know about it.
At the other end of the lifespan, the bareboat charter business seems to be thriving. Bareboats are chartered by those same folks as described above for a break from their gravity sports. More importantly, older people look at sailing and come to the intelligent decision that renting a big cruising boat is cheaper and WAY easier than owning a cruising boat. Hop on a plane to almost anywhere you'd want to cruise for a month, and there will be a boat, all clean and ready to go. When you are done, tie the boat to the dock and walk away. Yes, it make sense for some of us to buy and own boats, but for many others, the wide availability of fairly new, nice boats to rent makes ownership unnecessary.
Last edited by jwing; 04-25-2017 at 09:26 PM.