• December 8, 2019 at 12:55 am#42922
    Danny Basso
    Bosun
    @danny

    I like it even before I see the video

    Buon Vento

    December 8, 2019 at 7:47 am#42910
    Jamie
    Skipper
    @jamie-ftb

    Don’t believe the hype, sailing Channels are selling you a lie. Bottom line? More than 80% of cruisers are over 50 not posting videos about their adventures. YouTube sailing channels are made by young fun-lovers, but most cruisers are ‘old’ freedom lovers.

    We have met cruisers in their 90s, but most people living on sailboats are pensioners.

    Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

    Mark Twain

    These are some ‘oldies’ with YouTube sailing channels:

    @Adventures of an old Seadog
    ​ @Cruising Lealea
    @Life in a Nutshell
    @Off The Starboard Hull
    @Patrick Childress Sailing
    @Sailing Emerald Steel
    @Sailing Kejstral Adventures
    ​ @Sailing S/V Double Deuce
    ​ @Sailing A B Sea
    ​ @Sailing Fair Isle
    ​ @Sailing Ocean Fox
    Sailing Salty Lass
    ​ @Sailing SV Sarean
    ​ @SV Impavidus (Ant & Cid Sailing)
    SV Make My Day
    S/V Rock Chalk
    Wild Free Sailing
    @Winded Voyage Sailing

    If you watch this video within the forum you earn 30 doubloons! To watch the video on youtube click here (you will not earn doubloons for this).

    Peace and fair winds!

    December 8, 2019 at 8:03 am#42926
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    Good video! Let me throw out a few random bits and bobs, it’s a bit late here and I’m going to ramble a bit, so buckle up…

    I think that before, let’s say, the 90’s, it was just impossible for most younger people to go cruising. The ones that did either invested in property and rent it out to make their money, or were good with things like diesel maintenance, boat repairs, and all the things you can potentially get another boat owner to cough up some cash for. These days it’s much easier considering that a lot of work can be done remotely, so all you really need is an internet connection. This makes cruising yet another form of being a digital nomad, which is sort of the “hot” thing these days.

    In my case that’s exactly what’s happening; we could afford to buy the boat because we pretty much pinched copious amounts of pennies for a while, and we looked at our respective parental units with big puppy eyes and they contributed to our “get us a boat” fund (yes, I’ll admit to it here, but nowhere else because you get slaughtered for even suggesting you “financed” a boat). We can afford to cruise due to my employer already letting me work from home as much as I want, and they had no problem with me being on a boat somewhere god knows where on the planet, as long as I deliver the goods. They even sprung for a snazzy 4G extender that’ll pretty much ensure that as long as I get some sort of signal, I can be online, and working. So instead of paying rent on a house, we’re paying for things like diesel, water, a marina here or there, and the inevitable breaking boat things.

    That being said, I do think the numbers will balance out on that age bracket graph, if only because given my above example, it’s easier to get into cruising at a younger age. And given enough time, the youtuber numbers should also balance as we all age.

    And in random closing: age shouldn’t matter. If you’re physically able to cruise and you want to do it, I say go for it. Who gives a damn anyway, and if you’re worried about what other people think? F**k them other people; your life, your rules.

    So endeth the ramble.

    December 8, 2019 at 11:04 am#42942
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    @Danny You’ll like it even more when you do then. Haha! There’s a blog post too, which I’ve just uploaded: https://followtheboat.com/5-reasons-why-you-are-not-too-old-to-sail-round-the-world/

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Liz.

    Peace and fair winds!

    December 8, 2019 at 11:15 am#42945
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    @benvanstaveren Good points, nice ramble! We tried to cover off most of what you said in this video (and previous videos) and the accompanying blog post, particularly the bit about being able to work remotely these days. Except the bit about being financed, I agree that people will slaughter you on social media for saying that, bunch of twits!.

    We’re not having a go at younger cruisers, we LOVE younger cruisers! We’re just trying to make it clear to older cruisers that there are many, many people of retirement age who live this life. If you just watched YT channels you’d think we oldies were in the minority, and that’s the main thrust of the video.

    Blog post: https://followtheboat.com/5-reasons-why-you-are-not-too-old-to-sail-round-the-world/

    Peace and fair winds!

    December 8, 2019 at 8:55 pm#42952
    Ben van Staveren
    Bosun
    @benvanstaveren

    Good blog too 😀

    December 13, 2019 at 11:56 pm#43103
    Alan Hanson
    Navigator
    @alh

    Guys, thanks for taking my question and fleshing it out in the vid, it was informative, and the responses to both the question and the vid were encouraging and enlightening. Hoping that I can make the plan I mentioned in my question come to fruition, but as one commenter said, I think it might be a good time to start to actually be proactive on my health, in terms of diet and such. Certainly wouldn’t hurt to lose a stone or probably even 2, because as you mentioned, it can be strenuous at times, and having some extra endurance when needed I’m sure would come in handy. Anywho, thanks again for taking this one on, hope it provides encouragement for others in our situation and are questioning if it might be right course for them plot. (see what I did there?) 😉

    December 15, 2019 at 10:19 am#43114
    Jamie
    Skipper
    @jamie-ftb

    Guys, thanks for taking my question and fleshing it out in the vid, it was informative, and the responses to both the question and the vid were encouraging and enlightening.

    Our pleasure, Alan. Thanks for coming up with a great topic for discussion, the video proved to be quite popular and generated a lot of discussion in the youtube comments.

    Peace and fair winds!

    December 15, 2019 at 5:50 pm#43117
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    Alan! So pleased you watched the video and left a comment here. You were one of the people who inspired us to put it together. 😊 It’s been a long time coming, but had to be said. I hope we’ve given a few people even more reason to make their dream come true. Peace and fair winds! xxx

    Peace and fair winds!

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