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DanHowitt 19-10-2019 21:10

Is sailing dying?
 
Have people become lured away from the art with gas boats, fumes, and pollution? How awful to be on the blue and breathe in a mass of cancerous neurotoxic gas fumes.

Dan Howitt Schooners.

rbk 19-10-2019 21:13

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
No. The complete opposite. It is making a massive resurgence. Not to offend but what rock are you living under?

DanHowitt 19-10-2019 21:18

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DanHowitt (Post 2999827)
Have people become lured away from the art with gas boats, fumes, and pollution? How awful to be on the blue and breathe in a mass of cancerous neurotoxic gas fumes.

Dan Howitt Schooners.


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billknny 19-10-2019 21:48

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Honestly, who who gives a flying f---?

I mean unless you are selling sailboats, who really cares if sailing is more--or less--popular than it used to be? Will it change your approach to the sport one iota if there were 1,000,000 more sailors last year? or 1,000,000 fewer?

I personally hope that cruising continues to become less and less popular every year because I enjoy remote, empty anchorages. I don't go sailing as a social event. I don't have any reason to make any effort to get more people involved.

Orion Jim 19-10-2019 21:56

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DanHowitt (Post 2999827)
Have people become lured away from the art with gas boats, fumes, and pollution? How awful to be on the blue and breathe in a mass of cancerous neurotoxic gas fumes.

Dan Howitt Schooners.

Great first post :facepalm:

Don C L 19-10-2019 22:00

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DanHowitt (Post 2999831)

Welcome aboard Dan!

DanHowitt 19-10-2019 22:46

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rbk (Post 2999829)
No. The complete opposite. It is making a massive resurgence. Not to offend but what rock are you living under?


Wine for thought!

DanHowitt 19-10-2019 22:48

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by billknny (Post 2999842)
Honestly, who who gives a flying f---?

I mean unless you are selling sailboats, who really cares if sailing is more--or less--popular than it used to be? Will it change your approach to the sport one iota if there were 1,000,000 more sailors last year? or 1,000,000 fewer?

I personally hope that cruising continues to become less and less popular every year because I enjoy remote, empty anchorages. I don't go sailing as a social event. I don't have any reason to make any effort to get more people involved.


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valhalla360 19-10-2019 23:54

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Gas/Diesel engines have been around and popular for decades. Better than 90-95% of all boats are NOT sailboats and that goes back a long long time.

I seriously doubt anyone who would prefer sailing has been lured away in the last 5 yrs.

GordMay 20-10-2019 01:32

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Dan.

Poche 20-10-2019 02:26

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
It appears boating in general is diminishing at least from what I see on the west coast of the USA. I don't see the massive amounts of new boats that used to be built in past times.
Add the ponderous restrictions from city controlled harbors up and down the coast that only effect easily picked on boaters. Add their greed to raise revenue.
Add the marina greed and insurance requirements.
Add the economy swings.
Add the greedy marine suppliers, for example the fabric mills that caused boat cover costs to skyrocket.
What is to be expected but a decline in boating?

john61ct 20-10-2019 06:54

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by billknny (Post 2999842)
I don't have any reason to make any effort to get more people involved.

I feel the same about all activities, only exception being reducing human procreation.

Tetepare 20-10-2019 07:06

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
In the economically destroyed region on the south shore of Lake Ontario sailing and boating in general is way down from the heyday of the 1970s.

The nearest new sailboat dealer inventory is a 20 hour sail from my port. As sailors age out and sell, the boats are leaving. So somebody somewhere is buying sailboats, but not here.

Beyond that, small catamarans and day sailing boats are about gone, replaced by jet skis.

Families are few, now mostly older couples. In our marina one family is in their late 30s. Next is mid 50s. Most are in their 60s and 70s. Families are now tied up with 7 days a week school athletics.

double u 20-10-2019 09:25

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
...french Polynesia, I'm told has about 700 check-ins of foreign boats per year...
Fakarava atoll sometimes sees 50 boats anchored off the village, in 83 we were alone...
Taiohae/Nuku Hiva-port of entry- sees up to 100 boats at anchor during the hight of the “crossing season“, in 83 there were less than 10...
I fail to see a “regrettable shrinking of numbers“. Here this incredible increase in numbers has led to the locals-by far the most welcoming people on the tradewind rtw route-are beginning to institute anchoring restrictions...

Woodland Hills 20-10-2019 10:08

Re: Is sailing dying?
 
I see lots of sailboats, but I don’t see many actually sailing. Apparently there is a good demand for cramped low power motorboats with tiny windows and outside helms.


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