In many ways I guess you answered your qst about why there aren't more younger people out cruising. I will agree that one can get burned out, finances, time, family
, opportunity, etc.
In our case, we spend 15 months when we were in our early 30's crusing the Carib. The wife (yes I blame her) didn't feel like she was using any of her "professional" skills. So we came back to the states and began the working life full time, and eventually sold the boat "it was painful everytime I had to work on it". I hated the boat then because we weren't going anywhere with it and it was all money
and time down the drain.
Twenty five years later we're ready to retire and fortunately we're of the generation that has earned has earned a retirement income
so we'll be able to cruise
w/o the extreme finanancial worries. (For this I thank my wife). We've spend 6 years preparing this boat - yes another Westsail, and we're going again. Hopefully slower, without a schedual and with the world as our destination
So where ever you and Steph end up I know all those that followed your adventures wish the two of you well