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Old 24-10-2016, 14:27   #46
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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.
1) I am 73, my wife is 60, the ship's puppy is 3 1/2.

2) AICW, central Florida, the Chesapeake Bay. Would like to go north to NYC and the Erie Canal.

3) 75 or so.

4) Power boat (trawler).
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Interesting mix. I'm 70 and just "cruised" our 30 year old boat (had it for the past 18 years) from SF to Vancouver Island, and will be based out of Vancouver Island after cruising SF Bay, The California Delta and the ocean out and around SF Bay for the past 35 years. Amount of time on the boat changed year-to-year, and from now on, with the less mild winters here, will be more spring to fall, but new grounds for me. Mix of family trips and singlehanded.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

average age of cruiser. well, let's see, began sailing when i was 13 and kinda/sorta cruised but not really but was doing some cruising in my twenties, let's say 24. so 13 + 24 / 2 = 18.5, we'll call it 19 as average age i began cruising. 67 now so 19 + 67 / 2 makes me a 43 year old average cruiser. no wait. an average 43 year old better than average cruiser.................... no that's not right. never mind.
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If the average cruiser age is 60, is a 30 year old cruiser a half a cruiser?
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1/ Age? 70, regular crew 64.

2/ lookee left... bin in the 'Southern Cone' since 2004 apart from a spin back to NZ from May 14 to Feb 16. Left Oz in Feb 2003 .. 3 years before I quit the day job....

3/ I try to spend 6 months a year on the boat.. the percentage of the year 'on passage' varies

4/ lookee left...
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To answer your questions: I am 68, my wife is 66. We left California when I was 46 and have been cruising full time ever since. We are currently in India. Our boat is a gaff rigged Colin archer type ketch with no winches at all. Life is good.sail as soon as you can. The world gets a little more homogenized every day.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

1. Age of boat occupants? 78/76

2. Location currently cruising or prefer to cruise?/SW Pacific

3. How many days you cruise per year on average?/365

4. Power boat or sail? Sail, of course

And I just checked: 30 years ago TODAY we cut the docklines and departed Emery Cove marina in SF bay, headed out for good. Thirty years!!!!! Seems like yesterday, except the skipper looked different... brown hair and all that.

Damn... thirty years...

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1) I am 73, my wife is 60, the ship's puppy is 3 1/2.

2) AICW, central Florida, the Chesapeake Bay. Would like to go north to NYC and the Erie Canal.

3) 75 or so.

4) Power boat (trawler).
Come on up north via the Erie Canal and make it to the 1000 Islands, the most beautiful fresh water views to be found.

I would love to show you all that the islands have to offer, you'd be flabbergasted at the beauty.
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1- age -- I am 71 and admiral 69

2- location - just left Black Sea and now in Med

3 - days per year 365

4 - sail - a wonderful French Mistress - Jeanneau DS40 - SoulMates
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Come on up north via the Erie Canal and make it to the 1000 Islands, the most beautiful fresh water views to be found.

I would love to show you all that the islands have to offer, you'd be flabbergasted at the beauty.
No doubt. The issue is my wife not wanting to be away from home for that long. She resisted the first cruise of 30 days or so but once we did it she loved it. She's up to 76 day cruises now but NY will be much more than that. I'm guessing 120 days or so.
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Come on up north via the Erie Canal and make it to the 1000 Islands, the most beautiful fresh water views to be found.

I would love to show you all that the islands have to offer, you'd be flabbergasted at the beauty.
In her book Of Foreign Build, Jackie Parry described that area as the most beautiful she'd seen. Imagine that, Thousand Islands over SE Asia!

Wife & I were talking about taking the boat up that way for a month next summer. Might be bittersweet, the boat I started to fall in love with was sold and moved to Clayton.

Oh, might as well answer the original post. 51 & 47 with 9 and 19 YOs. Summers and weekends is all we get; still working. Frankly, I've spent enough time in the Pacific that I don't have any interest in cruising it. In fact, I don't think I could handle being on a boat by myself for a long time, and I don't think it would be fair to ask the wife to do it either! LOL.

Long term plan is to get a more comfortable (larger) sailboat, cruise the Great Lakes in summer and winter in southern Florida. Single wide trailer on the beach, short dock through the eel grass, and a Boston Whaler. WalMart furniture. That way if a hurricane comes through we plow the old trailer into the sea, buy a new one, fill it with WalMart furniture, and voila three days after hurricane back to same old. Zero stress.
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Re: Average Age of all you cruisers out there living on the seas???

Funny, I had a similar idea, but to use my 36' fth wheel, ideally move it before the Hurricane. I had an airplane and I was going to leave our old car at whatever local airport, that way fly down, get in the car and an hour after work, I'm at the trailer in Fl.
What queered the deal more than anything is its tough to find a spot you can put a camper or mobile home on, in a place you would want to be.
At the time I kept the airplane at work, so in theory I could commute to work.
Just never put it all together.
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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? 78/76

2. Location currently cruising or prefer to cruise?/SW Pacific

3. How many days you cruise per year on average?/365

4. Power boat or sail? Sail, of course

And I just checked: 30 years ago TODAY we cut the docklines and departed Emery Cove marina in SF bay, headed out for good. Thirty years!!!!! Seems like yesterday, except the skipper looked different... brown hair and all that.

Damn... thirty years...

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And I just checked: 30 years ago TODAY we cut the docklines and departed Emery Cove marina in SF bay, headed out for good. Thirty years!!!!! Seems like yesterday, except the skipper looked different... brown hair and all that.

Damn... thirty years...

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1. Age of boat occupants? 78/76

2. Location currently cruising or prefer to cruise?/SW Pacific

3. How many days you cruise per year on average?/365

4. Power boat or sail? Sail, of course

And I just checked: 30 years ago TODAY we cut the docklines and departed Emery Cove marina in SF bay, headed out for good. Thirty years!!!!! Seems like yesterday, except the skipper looked different... brown hair and all that.

Damn... thirty years...

Jim

Happy anniversary to Jim and Ann! Congratulations on living life by your own choices. And thank you both for sharing with CF the advice and wisdom you've acquired along the way.
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