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Old 04-05-2013, 08:48   #1
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I am 55 & my wife 53. I have mainly sailed 14-18ft catamarans since 200o & also owned a 23ft Stadt yacht. I have completed my day skipper coarse and planning to do my coastal soon. We live in Mpumalanga South Africa and we are considering to go cruising around the world in 2015. This will give us two year to plan our trip and "Sellup & Sail". Have we left it to late are we to old??? Your comments will be appreciated. Regards.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:03   #2
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Hi Raka.

Welcome to the forum. I sure hope 55 isn't to late and too old since I am 64 and plan to leave the US to go cruising in a couple of years.

Really depends on your health and physical condition more than age. Even if you have any physical problems it is not too difficult to set up a boat with winches and rigging to overcome any limitations.
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Hi Skipmac,
Thanx for your reply. Health is 100%. good luck with your cruising plans hope to follow your progress on this forum.
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Might even see you in S Africa. Seems like the pirate problem in the Indian Ocean is not going to get better soon so if I end up going around seems like the Cape of Good Hope is the way. Plus I have some friends near Durban that I would like to visit while I'm in the neighborhood.

Had to look up Mpumalanga and seems like you're in Durban area yourself.
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I agree with skipmac, I hope 55 isn't too old. I'll probably be close to 70 when I get out again. I was in my late 30's last time and have been looking forward to cruising again since then.

Welcome to CF, a very active Cruiser's Forum with a lot of good folks onboard.
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Hi Deckoffiser,
Thanx for your reply, once read about a solo sailor aged 75 that had his boat repaired after a rogue wave rolled his yacht off Port Alfred South Africa. When he was asked by the local newspaper what his future plans were he answered without hesitation that he could not wait to continue his curcumnavigation. Real old salt!
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Might even see you in S Africa. Seems like the pirate problem in the Indian Ocean is not going to get better soon so if I end up going around seems like the Cape of Good Hope is the way. Plus I have some friends near Durban that I would like to visit while I'm in the neighborhood.

Had to look up Mpumalanga and seems like you're in Durban area yourself.
We live in a town called Secunda it is about 5.5hrs drive from Durban. I would not sail in the area between the Comoros in the south and Somalia in the North because of the pirate problem.
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I agree 55 is not to old I've seen it come and go and having more fun and putting more miles under my keel than ever.... Enjoy every day man
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. Ahhh, to be 55 again.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here. Ahhh, to be 55 again.
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