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Old 23-10-2016, 14:37   #1
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Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas?

New to the forums and searched for this but didn't see any previous threads. I'm 41 with about a 5 year plan until the wife and I can start cruising at least seasonally and eventually full time. Live the PNW so I'll start in the Seattle area for a few weeks a year and eventually move south to warmer weather when the kids all graduate and are off to college. If you feel inclined to respond I'm interested to know the age of all the cruisers out there docking, anchoring and mooring around the high seas. If you would rather not say then an age range would be fine too. Just curious to know how many other similar aged cruisers we will encounter. I anticipate learning a ton on this forum before I set off to the next destination and roll into a new port just in time for a sundowner with some new friends! 🍻

1. Age of boat occupants?

2. Location currently cruising or prefer to cruise?

3. How many days you cruise per year on average?

4. Power boat or sail?


Thanks in advance to everyone.
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Old 23-10-2016, 15:29   #2
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Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

I'll take a swag, it seems on average most are retirement age, I guess that means 60's and older.
I see many on YouTube that are much younger, but have not run into them, I think their generation is more towards taking selfies and making videos of themselves than the older generations, so I'm thinking they are out there, but are not the average. Some of course do start out young.
It would seem that many that start out in sailboats but want to continue the lifestyle eventually lean towards trawlers if they can afford to do so.
I'm not yet a cruiser, we are on the short timers list though, youngest start college next year, so we are off soon after she graduates High School this year.
I will be 57 then, and I think about average age for a beginning cruiser.
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Old 23-10-2016, 15:33   #3
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

I believe finances and family commitments drive when people begin to cruise more than anything, for most of us, it means we are no longer working, some can work from the boat of course, but I think they are in the minority.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

My wife and I are both 62 and we're in the sixth year of our circumnavigation - this year we sailed from South Africa to Tobago in the Caribbean, logging over 6,000 miles. Our boat is old and has no electric winches, other than our windlass; I have to go forward to tuck a reef in or shake one out and we almost always sail without a crew. We feel good about sailing for another five or six years but we know of people who are well into their seventies who are still making significant ocean passages, maintaining their boats and enjoying the cruising lifestyle.

However, cruising is an extremely personal choice and many people who anticipate it find they hate it once they actually cast off the dock lines. Obviously, there are no guarantees.

Good luck, fair winds and calm seas.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

At 46 years old you will be below the pack as far as age goes. I would guess most long term cruisers are between 55 and 70. Don't let age stop you though. A lot more would be out there earlier if they could afford to do so. Risk tolerance also comes into play. If you spend too much in early retirement what will happen if you live longer than you planned for?
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At 46 years old you will be below the pack as far as age goes. I would guess most long term cruisers are between 55 and 70. Don't let age stop you though. A lot more would be out there earlier if they could afford to do so. Risk tolerance also comes into play. If you spend too much in early retirement what will happen if you live longer than you planned for?
I'm still not sure about this part:

A lot more would be out there earlier if they could afford to do so.

When you go cruising on a boat, you really are limiting the things you can do. It's a tough decision and isn't for everyone.

I was lucky to be able to experience life on the water so to speak while living in an apartment 100' from the water in Florida.

Long story short, I found that after 5 years it because a bit hum drum except for the new girls moving in to the complex which was a good thing for me at the time being a divorced 41 year old single parent.

Anyway, I found that after we moved to another apartment closer to my son's college and away from the water it was so much more fun to visit my boats. (2 beach cats tied down just above the high water mark or on their trailers)

Many cruisers that I have followed and known personally usually last between 6 months to 2 years which is why I always recommend not selling the house and cars at first

As a beach cat racer, a normal distance race of 30 miles to 100 miles could usually sate our appetite for sailing for a week or two while we went back to work, went cycling, went to the movies, or took a drive and ended up at a nice restaurant.


I remember one time this young lady at the apartment and I drove over to Pirate's Cove Marina and restaurant in Alabama. It was interesting watching the cruisers hanging out....
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

We start in just a few weeks. I'm 49 and he is 53. Sea of Cortez for a start. I wouldn't worry about age though. Just cruising gives you loads in common with folk of all ages.
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I'm still not sure about this part:

A lot more would be out there earlier if they could afford to do so.

When you go cruising on a boat, you really are limiting the things you can do. It's a tough decision.

It's not for everyone.


Many cruisers that I have followed usually last between 6 months to 2 years
You could be right. Grandchildren seem to be the biggest deterrent to long term cruising. My wife was interested in long term cruising until the grand kids. Just have to be flexible and settle for part time.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

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1. Age of boat occupants? 56 & 55

2. Location currently cruising or prefer to cruise? currently going down the ICW to warmer waters

3. How many days you cruise per year on average? as of1 month ago 365 days or until my liver fails

4. Power boat or sail? power boat with sails (kidding kind of, a sail boat that has been motoring because cruising isn't about sailing)


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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

I started the live aboard thingy and part time cruising at age 28.
No planning, no experience, just bought a boat in the Virgin Islands and moved aboard within a few weeks. Never sailed before. 44' yawl, steep learning curve.
More guts and less to lose at that age I guess.
Best time of my life.
Later on in life I moved ashore and got my first house, mortgage, etc.
Had a sailboat later and cruised the Bahamas in my 40s and 50s but also had a house.
Felt like being home again on the sailboat.
Would sell everything and go full time once more but present wife is not into it to say the least.
59 now, who knows what the future will bring.?
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

We are 40, 40, 13, 10. We are in the South Pacific, and plan to commuter cruise the PNW and Baja when we circle back to America.

I feel that people who sail far tend to be cool. Or maybe sailing far makes them grow as individuals. Anyway, there are a lot of fun people to know out here, and while I think age is a factor in friendships-- the tempo and topics are usually different-- we have more fun hanging out with sailors, as a whole, than any other group of people.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

When I get my life over I am going to buy the boat first and go find the woman after so that I don't have the problem of the non seafaring partner.
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Moved onto boat at 32, will leave to circumnavigate next year when I'm 35. I have no property, kids or partner so I can go now.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

I am 37 and my girlfriend is 34.

We recently sold everything and bought a boat to live aboard. We are moving onto the boat in 2 weeks (having the boat shipped to Charleston, SC).

Planning to sail the Caribbean this winter. Not sure where we will end up when hurricane season starts.
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1. Age of boat occupants?

2. Location currently cruising or prefer to cruise?

3. How many days you cruise per year on average?

4. Power boat or sail?


Thanks in advance to everyone.
1. I fired myself at 40 and took off cruising with my late wife of about the same age. Current wife and I are now 56 and 62. Glad I punched out early, I see a lot of aging cruisers who are clearly stuggling physically.

2. Since 2005 in the W Carib from Belize to Panama. Have been cruising Panama, mostly the San Blas, for several seasons now.

3. Usually about 4 months (~120 days). We like a mix of activities so remainder of year enjoy life ashore and travel....now in Peru.

4. Sail
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