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Old 26-06-2015, 07:01   #16
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

Walter Cronkite was still single-handing his yacht into his 80s.

The answer to this is pretty simple: If you THINK that you are too old, then you are. If you think that you are NOT too old, then you are not.
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Old 26-06-2015, 07:26   #17
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

It's trite to say, but it's never too late to make a change. But my partner and I have been coming at this question from a slightly different angle. Today is the first day of our "retirement" (which just means we are now without any income). We've both been saying, "I'm so glad we're going now. It's not too early!"

We are 48 and 52.
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Old 26-06-2015, 08:00   #18
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

When you don't set anymore goals for yourself or dare to have a future dream is when you find yourself as, "too old" and that can be at any age! Even if its 2, 4 or 10 years of sailing you achieve or after a couple of months even, at least you can look back on it as an accomplishment rather than a regret for not doing so. Sounds like you are quite able seeing that you are still setting these goals.
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Old 26-06-2015, 08:07   #19
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

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When are you to old to sail? I like the old saying- no reason to quit sailing until you get so old you can't remember where you want to go after you leave the dock. Even then it doesn't matter as you can always go somewhere else.


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That's not fair I rarely know where I'm going to end up when I leave the dock that's the joy of sailing and being retired.
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

I too find this very encouraging. I just turned 60 and like so many people, I lost my shirt in the tech crash and got downsized from my job, so I started a new career and am working until I am 70 before I can stow and go. I've enrolled in classes, I've started hanging out at the marina on Wednesday evenings and picking up a crew seat or two. Nothing huge, but it keeps me headed in the right direction.

The hard part for me is being someone prematurely grey (I went white at 35) the young bucks at the marina don't always want you to crew, especially when you are a noob. I guess everyone was a noob at one time in their lives.
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Old 26-06-2015, 08:30   #21
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

Check this link out;
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Old 26-06-2015, 08:31   #22
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

i'm 63 and movin onboard this year.. it ain't gonna suck.. why you waitin another 4-5 yrs? this ain't no dress rehearsal..
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Old 26-06-2015, 08:39   #23
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Yeah, you're way too old. Give it up, geezer. No chance at your age.


I'll be 65 in a few months. Trust me. LOL
such a bs I have seldomly heard. first of all you are never too old to start and if his physique is good, why not.
There are in this world enough people around 65 that think they are too old to do something great, mind/experience expanding.
I advise you to look for a retired assisted living home. I am 64, did some serious sailing 30 years before, had to work hard to make a living, and can start to realize my dream now, in spite of some minor ailments.
My advice to the original questioner: DO IT, LIVE YOUR DREAM you will not regret it, and life is too short to take it too serious, and you will certainly not quit your life alive.
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

Similar story. I just bought a cruising sailboat in Turkey at 68 and will move aboard next month. Thanks to all the inspirational responses as I had a little voice asking if this might be a mistake.
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

Retired at 62, both wife and I. Sailing since 1961. We are both 72 now, and living aboard full time for the last six months. Headed south small piece at a time from Louisiana.

If possible, retire now, we have never regretted doing so at 62. Lost a small bit of SS but gained a lot of time.

Time trumps money every time at this age.
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

my uncle(around 70 in the picture) sailed the gaff rigged boat pictured until he was 95 yrs of age.. usually alone.
i am only 66 ish and own the gorgeously shaped silhouette in the sunrise pic, and cruising full time....
so.. how old are you?? how old do you feel? what longevity have your genetix...... it all adds up. and if genes aint long, make em so, if you enjoy sailing, it will keep ye young.
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I will turn 70 in August. I just returned from taking my 42' GB Trawler from Dauphin Island, AL down to Key West, FL and back - 1694 miles. My intentions are to go further and do the Great Loop over the next few years. Unfortunately still working some to be able to afford this dream, but well worth it! My friend, you're not old at all!
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Re: As a late starter am I too old to do serious cruising?

This gentleman cruiser is 80 and still doing it. He kept the blog for his grandchildren. Here is his blog http://alchemi-of-falmouth.blogspot.com.au/
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Sir Francis Chichister started a solo arond the world following the clippers rute at the age of 65!! Go ahed!
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such a bs I have seldomly heard.
First of welcome aboard.
Secondly you will quickly learn we are a bunch of sarcastic sob's here.
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