Originally Posted by scook1
How interesting to see all of the different opinions that exist. It is such a tough question, especially since I always tend to think in terms of my own children. I think it also depends on what exactly the voyage. A 14 year old can do the sailing but probably not do the rest that a circumnavigation
A friend of mine left home and got a job in another country when he was 12.
By the time he was 14, he was living in the red light district helping manage a "nightclub".
But, modern society doesn't lend itself to giving young teens that kind of responsibility from a young age, so I wouldn't expect it to be as common today.
that for about 10,000 years of human history
, 13 was the age of "adulthood" in the vast majority of human cultures.
In tropical regions like the amazon, it's usually more like 10-12.
But, I agree with the commentary on.. "allowing" people to do things. Unless you're grossly endangering others, I frankly, don't care.
Flying a fighter jet in a populated area.... fits that bill.
Crossing an ocean doesn't (it's extraordinary rare for a sailboat to accidentally damage other boats or hurt non-crew, except in port).