Originally Posted by Boatguy30
Yes, but how active are they really. A few walks, maybe a few holes of golf? Sailing offshore
in rough weather
is extremely strenuous and the additional effort required to make some minor repairs
can be taxing for those much younger. I really think if you look thru the forums
you'll see a TON of older single
handlers getting rescued in the last many years.
I certainly think they should do whatever they want, but should younger taxpayers need to rescue them AND pay them whilst they're doing it?
One. He was not routinely sailing offshore
in rough weather
. He was far more likely just sailing from A to B when bad weather came and incapacitated his boat. I am deeply convinced getting caught in bad weather has nothing to do with our age. (Zero certainty though, only my intuition.)
Two. Every time he buys a can of beer
and a liter of diesel
(as well as most anything else) he is still paying taxes
. He may be also paying taxes on his pension. He has been paying taxes probably way longer than any 'younger taxpayer'. No comment, just my bloody intuition again. ;-)
Three. I am willing to bet a crate of ale (and we can share the fiesta when I win) that there was probably an equal number of very young sailors (by the proportion of their age group sailing) rescued over the same period.
BTW, who are your "they"? PLS define. I remember using the less fortunate phrase of 'old farts' in one of my early posts at CF. I did not quite get people's reactions (mostly negative) back then. It is often that we have to hear others say it before we can spot the lapse of our bleeding pen.
Aside from my above posted vastly rhetoric, I understand you count yourself a younger taxpayer. Are you going to stop sailing when you retire then?
PS Last time I heard people getting grumpy about young taxpayers paying for SAR operations of foreign sailors (probably old foreign sailors too) was in NZ during their election campaign season. If I remember well, that party did not win the vote back then.