The majority of cruisers are probably in their 60's, or older. After all, these are the folks that have the time and money
to pursue this kind of lifestyle.
I'm now 63 and have been living aboard
off and on since 1999. For the past few years my time aboard the boat has been limited to a few weeks a year, as job and family
commitments have kept me ashore. Sadly, I don't see this changing anytime soon.
The biggest challenges you are going to face aren't physical, they're mental. Unless you both are in poor physical shape, you should be able to manage the physical operation of your boat. Being away from family
and friends and stuck 24/7 with just each other's company, probably cuts short more cruises than anything else. If you can get past these issues, you can happily cruise
Raising sail and anchors demand the most physical ability on a sailboat, but can be minimized by the addition of electric
winches and a windlass
. With my arthritic knees, I find getting in and out of the dinghy
to be a pain. Staying at marinas
, instead of anchoring
out as I prefer, would solve this problem.
My suggestion to you is to start small. Before buying
a boat, sign up for a couple crewed charters. See if you BOTH enjoy being away from civilization for a week or two before making a purchase
decision. My father-in-law took this approach to see if his wife could adapt to cruising. She loved it, as did his children
, so he bough a sailboat.
Don't let age get in the way of your cruising dreams! Do your homework to make sure this is right for you. If it is, grab the brass ring and get ready for a great ride.