Originally Posted by Dudeman
So we've been sailing from Canada and down the ICW and have noticed that 99% of the other cruisers we meet are no offense but old. Besides the obvious money factor it makes no sense that 99lb grandma is on the bow heaving the lines while young people who should be there aren't. Are there more cruisers now than 25 years ago and has it always been like this where the majority of cruisers are into retirement? My personal opinion is that boats have become so RVish that nobody can afford them and their systems anymore. After the baby boomers are done who's going to keep the tradition alive?
I've had to do it with my own kids
... now I have to do it with somebody elses... SAYING 'NO OFFENCE' BEFORE SAYING SOMETHING OFFENSIVE, DOESN'T MAKE IT UNOFFENSIVE.
No offence, but people who do that are dickheads!!!
Now, if anything, there are probably more young folk cruising than there were 30 or 40 years ago. There are more, cheaper, second hand boats than ever before and those who choose the cruising lifestyle can get into it easier than ever before.
But their numbers are swamped by the even greater number of retirees out there, who can also get into cruising more easily than ever before.
Baby boomers are probably the first generation who have carried the 'can do', 'never say die' mentality into retirement, so we're all over the goddam place.
Overall, the numbers of cruisers has skyrocketed, which is a pain, but it does mean that there is heaps of good gear
being developed and sold, and that means good secondhand stuff available, cheap
I can understand you thinking it's expensive. Younger folk are used to buying
everything new, and designer
branded etc. If you carry that mindset into cruising it's a rich man's game
. For people who have the affordability that's great. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Some of us are of the 'only snobs pay retail' school
, and best value for $ is after the initial devaluation dive from new to second hand, if you're smart about it.
Another factor has got to be the explosion of bareboat
chartering. People have the opportunity to get the feel for sailing as a lifestyle option.
I've just finished reading a Eric Hiscock book written in the 70s... probably their last circumnavigation
. He was amazed at how the cruising population had 'exploded' in the 10 years since their previous circum. It's been exponential since then.
So, don't lose any sleep about who will keep the tradition alive, just help us keep the secret that the planet is 75% water!