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Old 12-05-2010, 08:29   #31
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my primary concern is the desertion of sailboats by experienced sailors at retirement.
Even if true, there may be other factors more significant beyond simple age that influence such a conclusion… for instance the addition of a formerly largely land-bound spouse agreeing to a retirement in a live-aboard status which requires indulgences and other accommodations to pull off smoothly, or simply the availability of vessels… Not sure there is an all-purpose equation that will resolve this… for my part I’ve had both power and sail up to the 40-50 foot range over the years and enjoyed all – but as I’ve drifted into my sixties, I find my interest in power wanes and the sailboats seem to be getting smaller (although not particularly less seaworthy – or at least not to my mind). My wife (also in her sixties), who is a former houseboater, solved her love of power/speed by getting her own little center-console (“speedboat,” as she calls it), so maybe you need both – who knows… In any case, focusing on boats is more fun than focusing on the calendar.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:34   #32
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A sailing boat if you love to sail. A power boat in all other cases.

Why pay extra for the rig and sails that you are not going to use?

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