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Old 02-08-2020, 11:36   #136
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Re: IS CRUISING DEAD or DYING, STABLE or GROWING?

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Every time I walk into a local TV store, I am amazed with 4 K footage displayed on the demo machines.


A 4K TV set here is about 3-8k. A boat is say 30-80k. Why pay the 10x extra for being able to enjoy Marquesas while sipping Martinis?


And the sofa is not rolling either.


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Old 02-08-2020, 12:10   #137
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A very interesting article on change in cruisers numbers. Data is a little old but I think still relevant.

https://cornellsailing.com/2017/08/j...-the-boats-go/

Yup, the closest thing I know of a global census of cruisers. It's interesting that Cornell notes a decline in most areas, and suggests the blame lies in both politics and climate change.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:48   #138
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Re: IS CRUISING DEAD or DYING, STABLE or GROWING?

I need to be rocked asleep....end of story....must sleep...need boat !!!
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Come up to my cruising ground (Newfoundland). There is still plenty of mystery here. Heck, many of the charts are sufficiently off to make it very interesting at times.


Thanks Mike, charts are like that, but my GPS places me on land sometime also. Just very old school here and prefer using charts as primary with GPS as backup. That said, I simply cannot function without a depth sounder.

Just intrigues me how so many old school sailors managed at all. I do believe that age is seeping into our decisions too.

Of course, we still only do primitive camping too, when we go.

Really enjoy all of your post Mike !
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Every time I walk into a local TV store, I am amazed with 4 K footage displayed on the demo machines.


A 4K TV set here is about 3-8k. A boat is say 30-80k. Why pay the 10x extra for being able to enjoy Marquesas while sipping Martinis?


And the sofa is not rolling either.


barnakiel


Donít go into many TV stores and seldom watch the tube at all, so, cannot relate, to each his own, enjoy!
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Well, the question I'm really interested in getting feedback on is: Is there a waning of interest in sailing in particular, and cruising in general?

Despite a few popular young cruising YouTubers, are young people into the responsibility of sailing and boat ownership, enough to turn that interest into owning their own boat, to the point where we have a stable population of people entering the hobby/lifestyle, equal to those retiring from it?

What do you see in the marinas and harbors?
Over the years, have you seen the average age of folks in these places, go up, down, or stay about the same?
Are you seeing as many new boats added to the fleet as years ago, or is seeing a new(er) boat, a rarity?
Are you seeing the same trends over the years, like, are the same number of folks retiring into the cruising/liveaboard lifestyle, young families getting their first boat for weekend excursions, 20 somethings interested in buying their first 20+ foot handyman special, is there a growth in the minimalist/"tiny house" lifestyle that has added to the number of liveaboards?

This may not be a good year to use anecdotal experience to base a trend on, but at the same time, this may be the year more boat owners than usual, decide to sell their boat. I'm really interested in what folks in this forum have seen over their years, not just this year.
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Re: IS CRUISING DEAD or DYING, STABLE or GROWING?

Here's a news story that seems to back up the theory that Covid restrictions are leading to a boom in smaller boat and RV sales. At least this seems to be true in Canada.

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