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Re: What does "too old to sail mean"?
I began "simply messing about in boats" at 12. I'm now 72, and after 60 years of near-continuous living aboard and working on boats and I can say, in no uncertain terms, it was a heck of a lot more fun (and easier) when I was younger!
I am considering this question almost on a daily basis, now. Will I actually have to move ashore, closer to doctors and the like, or can I physically continue until I expire aboard?
I can't for the life of me think of what I would do with my time if I resided ashore, but on those days when it seems one is taking two steps back on maintenance, I think how nice it would be not to have those worries.
Last season we had a couple in their 80's as guests aboard. They were amazingly active and able, which did give me some hope.
But I'm guessing it's a very personal thing. There's a Frenchman in the Golden Globe, a single-handed, non-stop, 'round the world sailboat race. He's 73 I believe, and he's way out front! I sure have no desire to do that!
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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