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Old 17-02-2022, 14:37   #91
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Re: Is there a senior (70+) cruising sailor forum?

I’m only 64 but the thing I find most important as years go by is how to avoid injuries and illness and how to deal with them without help close by. When I was younger and more limber and quick I am sure I dodged a lot of bullets… not so sure now. Sure we need to be sure we don’t lose any meds we may need and watch certain dietary issues, but if you can look around the boat and see ANYTHING that may cause injury, just figure it will, until it is dealt with. Like, are there any sharp edges to fall on inside or outside? (Why do I always manage to fall on those?)
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Old 18-02-2022, 09:13   #92
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The first time I met Reg he was walking along the, 5 feet above the deck, boom on his 50 odd foot ferrocement sailboat, holding on to a halyard for balance.
He was complaining that he didn't get out sailing much those days because his kids wouldn't come and crew, I sympathised.
It wasn't until later that I understood why, Reg was in his 90's and the kids in their 70's.!
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QUOTE=AcroPilot;3570198]Well said RSB333. It’s the way I sometimes feel too, but although it takes more effort in your mid 70s is still worth it if you are fit enough. We’re all going to be motionless for a long time when we’re 6ft under!! PS.[/QUOTE]
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Old 18-02-2022, 15:44   #93
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Im 84 and fixing up my 10th boat-a Benny 41S5. However i am not planning singlehanding any oceans. congrats. I do reccomend a Milwaulkee 1/2 right angle drill with a wincher bit.
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at 81 not planning on joining any "senior" group!!!
do not want to be surrounded by "old People"

My plan was moving into a "care facility" and chase the nurses to pinch their b..ts, but then "politically correct" came in, and now that behavior is frowned on!!! I guess.
will continue sailing
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[QUOTE=Antun Comb;3576539]Exactly my words. I also wonted to ask what he/they will be looking on that "elderly site". (no offend).Talking about prostrate problems or how many times you have to go to pee overnight, If that is, O.K. but if you want to talk about sailing this forum is perfectly O.K., regardless of age
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thanks for the reminder, almost forgot to take my medication
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Old 18-02-2022, 20:58   #96
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Well congrats Acro. yr topic has reached 89 posts in bout 5 days and actually flushed out a lot of CF members who maybe spend most of the time reading really useful stuff but not actually making a comment.

Jim (Cate) i never realised you had reached such an eminent status. I feel like a spring chicken compared to you.

What is the first thing to add to a sailing boat for our generation? IMHO it is to change the port halyard winch to electric. That then does most of the hard work onboard.

Sailing should be a pleasure , not hard work, as indeed is exemplified by the passage from Wind in the Willows. A pity Daveid (#81) only quoted the first sentence since i think the whole narrative by Rat on that occasion is absolute magic to describe the ownership of a boat and what you might do, or not do, with it.

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Port secondary winch - agree. Ours is electric (the only one - I like winching, and it's good exercise). Great for getting up the mast, hauling the tender on deck, and handling the in-mast furling.

Quotation - I will leave any more to you, but agree, a great perspective on boating .
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Acro, I think you'll find that MOST members fit your category. In some ways it would be more apt to have a "not-seniors" sub group here on CF. Most member already fit the definition of being a senior.
Mike, I make you 40, tops.
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David (#97) invited me to quote the full passage from Wind in the Willows on the subject of "messaging about in boats.

The occasion is when Rat invites Mole to his house and in order to get there Rat rows him along in one of those classic boats with the wide seat at the stern and comfy cushions. The passage is as follows:

“Believe me, my young friend”, says Water Rat to Mole as Rat sculled smartly down the river with Mole relaxing in the back seat, “there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily, “messing – about – in – boats; messing about in boats, or with boats. In or out of them it doesn’t matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that’s the charm of it. Whether you get away or whether you don’t; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you’re always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you have done it there is always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you’d much better not.” Mole waggled his toes in sheer happiness, spread his chest with a sigh of full contentment, and leant back in the soft cushions. “What a Day I am having!”

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^^^^^
My philosophy in a nutshell!

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Yes I think we all wiggle our toes in happiness while sailing....
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