• October 25, 2019 at 6:11 am#41176
    Alan Hanson
    Navigator
    @alh

    I enjoy following your journey, while I am still committed to my landlubber ways for the time being. One day I really hope to join you out there on the high seas, but familial responsibilities – she just turned 13 about a week ago 😉 – will keep me landlocked for a few more years.

    One question I do have for you that you might expound on in one of your Q/A videos, is the thought of someone “older” (Grrrrr.. who you calling old??) casting off the lines and doing what you’re doing.

    I know many things have to go into it, health, finances, etc, but as I’ll be about a 62 year old dude – and still an overly active one I expect based upon my current level of activity – by the time I have a realistic chance to start this adventure, what do you see out there in your experiences on the high seas?

    Is that about the time that you see people hanging it up, or are there still a number of salty old folks still living the dream. For me, obviously first and foremost it’ll depend on health, and then finances, but if those 2 can be arranged, who knows?

    October 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm#41297
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    Don’t let the YouTube sailing channel fraternity fool you, a LOT of people start cruising when they retire. Most we meet are in their late 50s to 70s, the ones under 50 are rare (and all seem to be making videos about their adventures 😉).

    It’s great to take a break and cruise for a few years when you’re young, but oldies (like me!) can have a blast too. We’ve met cruisers in their 90s!

    My one piece of advice is get plenty of practise in now. Join a sailing club, go to sailing school (it’s fun!) and take the family on flotilla holidays (no experience necessary) so when you start you won’t be a novice.

    I like the idea of a Q&A video on this subject, will get a script together.

    Cheers!

    Peace and fair winds!

    October 27, 2019 at 4:26 pm#41301
    Jamie
    Skipper
    @jamie-ftb

    I moved onto Esper when I was 36, Alan, and I was the odd-one-out. Going down the marina bar on a Friday I had to spend my time listening to lively discussions on ailments and illnesses, rather than chatting about the latest techno tunes.

    Roll on 14 years and I am STILL younger than the average yachtie. The difference now is that whilst I still can’t discuss the latest techno releases with my fellow cruisers, I can now join in on conversations about aches and pains 😉

     

    Seriously though, 62 is probably the average age of the live-aboard cruiser, possibly even the average age of when people begin their liveaboard cruising life. You’ve got years ahead of you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Peace and fair winds!

    October 30, 2019 at 9:17 am#41458
    Peter Haliburton
    Deckhand
    @jphaliburton

    Age is not an issue as long as you are physically and mentally able to take on the challenges. I know people into their 80s that are still sailing. Old dogs can learn new tricks. I’ll be retired and 65 before being able to do any serious cruising. Just 10 more years!!

    Living and sailing in Newfoundland, Canada

    November 4, 2019 at 10:01 am#41643
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    I know people into their 80s that are still sailing.

    We met a 96 year old still sailing in Anambas, he was inspirational.

    I’ve put together a script for us to talk about this subject in an ‘FTB Extra’ which we hope to film and edit some time soon.

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm#42225
    Danny Basso
    Bosun
    @danny

     😉 Seriously though, 62 is probably the average age of the live-aboard cruiser, possibly even the average age of when people begin their liveaboard cruising life. You’ve got years ahead of you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.[/quote]

    well, that gives hope to a lot of us!:-))

    Buon Vento

    November 21, 2019 at 8:05 am#42547
    Shawn Rapp
    Helmsman
    @vboost-6000rpm

    I’m hoping to retire in 8-10 years (I’m 46).  We have no kids, so that’s a huge help.  That said, I’m starting now with classes, chartering, learning all I can, and dealing with health and mobility.  It occurred to me that it would be helpful to lose some excess weight, and gain some strength, not only to deal with the stresses of sailing full time, but in recovering from illness and warding off the need for medication.  Managing cholesterol or diabetes (or other chronic illness) with prescriptions would be inherently more complex on a boat in some remote place.

    Sailing is one piece of a lifestyle puzzle, and I want to be in the best place I can when the time comes.  The better off I am physically the longer I can do it, and the more resilient I will be in fighting fatigue and physical tasks.  Just my opinion/approach.

    November 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm#42653

    My dad is turning 90 next month. We finally last month put a stop to him walking around the deck when his 25 foot Top Hat was up on slips (usually when no-one at the local club was keeping an eye on him). He has only just stopped sailing solo through a narrow local channel with hideous tides and currents mainly because he lacked the strength to pull the sails down. My husband and I are in our late 50s and are just learning the ropes (boom boom) as well. We plan to cruise as often as we can over our retirement (still 5 years away) so it’s good to hear there are other relative novices out there. We love our boat club—we’re the youngest members! I say take your daughter sailing before she turns into a nasty typical teenager!

     

    November 28, 2019 at 5:59 am#42663
    Michael Mechsner
    Deckhand
    @pr-michael

    It’s your dreams that keep you young! Never give up on them – fulfill them if you can! And no regrets if you can’t.

    November 29, 2019 at 8:51 am#42724
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    Managing cholesterol or diabetes (or other chronic illness) with prescriptions would be inherently more complex on a boat in some remote place.

    Shawn, you’d be surprised how many people have chronic ailments which they manage well on a boat. A friend of mine has Type 1 diabetes and keeps her shots in the fridge. She does very well. I have hypothyroidism and take a daily tablet to keep it at bay. The good thing about being over in SE Asia is that pretty much anything can be bought over the counter at most pharmacies, so I’ve always got a good stock on board.

    Sailboat living isn’t that different to land life if you get yourself nicely sorted out. Cheers! Liz

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 29, 2019 at 8:55 am#42727
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    It’s your dreams that keep you young! Never give up on them – fulfill them if you can! And no regrets if you can’t.

    Wise words which we should all try to live by! Goodonya.

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 29, 2019 at 8:56 am#42728
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    My dad is turning 90 next month. We finally last month put a stop to him walking around the deck when his 25 foot Top Hat was up on slips (usually when no-one at the local club was keeping an eye on him).

    He sounds like a fantastic fella! Just shows you what you can do at any age. ❤️

    Peace and fair winds!

    December 4, 2019 at 12:26 pm#42817
    Alison Pickering
    Deckhand
    @vetaroundtheworld

    Living the cruising life vicariously through FTBs videos is fantastic, however I decided it was about time to get out there and have a go.  I have joined a Women on Water sailing program in Tauranga this year, and I am loving the learn to sail journey!  Hubby Graham (who has spent most of his life on the water)  is encouraging me all the way, and recently we both had the opportunity to crew on a friends 40 foot Beneteau “Seas the Day”.  I have my ‘Shh I am concentrating’ face on haha.

    It is never too late to start something new 🙂

    Alison

     

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    December 4, 2019 at 1:09 pm#42822
    Liz
    Admiral
    @liz-cleere

    I’ve just put the finishing touches to a whole VIP content  blog post on this subject and Jamie’s set up a couple of polls in two sailing groups. So far the results are proving exactly what we thought. More on that later. We hope to record a video on the subject and post it this week… It’s good news for us oldies! L x

    Peace and fair winds!

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