Originally Posted by Don C L
But I think then the curve dips back down as age increases... 20 year-olds want a 20 footer, 40 year-olds the 40 footer, 60 year-olds the 60 footer, but then at 70 it drops back down to a 20 footer!
and then at 90 it's down to 17 feet: here's a shot of my dear old dad:About Dories | High Desert Dories
That's an interesting observation... at least on the upside of the curve. I don't it continues to rise after 50... but it would be interesting to see some data supporting the age of people purchasing
60" foot boats.
I do observe older couples day sailing
in smaller boats and couples day sailing
on under 30'... maybe over nighting. These couples look a bit frail frankly to be handling a 50'. But my sample is skewed based on where the sample is... LIS/ Southern NE.
Back in 93 I encountered a an elederly couple... Will Rodeman and his wife in St Georges, Bermuda
sailing their Hinkley SW 40 Gentle Presence. They got pretty beat up on the passage
from ME and lost
their cat overboard
. They were finally going for their dream cruise
to the Caribbean
Will had invented air inflatable
bladders to make a boat unsinkable... so he wasn't worried about sinking! I digress. I could see that the passage
through the storm was too much for him. I offered to buddy sail with him on the way to Antigua
He wanted to sail with a small 34' wood boat from ME called Owl which had a middle aged couple aboard. Owl was "low tech".
When the weather
window present Will refused to leave waiting for a pump from the States... which would arrive the following day. I told him I would sail slow and wait for them to catch up. We established a radio
sched. Will kept postponing his departure... and this made it impossible for him to "catch" up... so he told me to speed my way to Antigua
. We had a fabulous and perfect quick sail.
By the time I arrived GP and Owl had left... and were half way to Antigua and again were hit by some rough weather
. Owl began to leak... He had no HF radio
, only VHF
... and was closer to GP. Owl was pumping by hand... GP lost
and he and his wife took turns hand steering
. When I heard this report... I call Herb at SBII who contacted the USCG and they flew out a few times dropping pumps for Owl. Several didn't work... finally he got one to work and had lots of gas for it... and ran it contiguously as he sailed to English
Thank you Herb and the USCG.
Will and his wife arrived and looked like hell. Both of them had very swollen legs are were exhausted. Owl had her planking caulked and left to sail down Island.
This is why older people need to be prudent about what they do and the boat they sail... because when things go south it can be too much for them. Hickley SW40 is not a big boat... rather narrow... and it was probably too much for them in the conditions they found themselves in 2x in 2 weeks.
At 69 I would not buy anything larger than a mid 40 if money
was no object... forces are too much for me in a blow. I cruised in my mid 40s...when I was a different guy.