Lots of good advice. I'm 69 (did I get that far!?!) and still sailing regularly.
While most of the answers have been about your age and mental issues (no pun intended!), reply #87 on the last page was one of the few that touched on THE BOAT.
As we've all learned here and on other boating forums
and reading and in real life, some boats are a PITA to sail and others are set up to be sweet.
We have all of our lines led aft with double line reefing. I only have to go up to the foredeck to drop the anchor
, and that's because I don't have or want a windlass
Sailing my boat which has been set up to sail so as to be NO "WORK" is the best thing we have done.
You also have to learn to be a mechanic
, plumber, electrician and navigator.
While most of us admit that you never stop learning
, it's rather easy to pick it up if you're a good learner.
Some people do nothing but ask questions, and we've found some on sailing forums
who even argue with the answers we give 'em.
Others pick up stuff like a sponge.
But the one consistent theme is to learn what works for YOU on YOUR boat.
Until you get one, for example, learning
engines won't help you if you get a Universal/Kubota. Learn about what engine
The list goes on.
Good luck, sounds like you have the right attitude.