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Re: Is sailboat ownership dying ( or at least sick)
I have owned at least one boat continuously since I graduated from college. My first boat was a sailboat, but I quickly tired of the maintenance tasks, expenses, and overall work it took to participate in sailing. Being young, I wanted less work and more excitement, and I wanted to hang out with young people, not old farts. So I got into whitewater canoeing and kayaking. Those boats are relatively inexpensive and require ZERO maintenance. The fun and excitement factors are HUGE. Related sports include backcountry skiing, climbing, mountain biking, surfing, kiteboarding. All have huge fun-to-maintenance ratios. All attract athletic, fun, free-spirited women. And none of those sports are having problems attracting young people.
Putzing around on sailboats is an old fart activity. And by old fart, I mean predominantly male. For a young guy looking to sow some oats, purchasing an old Catalina 22, or similar boat, is a very poor move. The sailboat marina is not a target-rich environment, especially with all those abandoned, decaying boats hanging onto the docks, giving the place the air of a cheap nursing home.
OTH, if a young guy has a good girlfriend, bareboat chartering in the Caribbean is awesome!
Last edited by jwing; 05-11-2016 at 10:08 AM.