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Old 01-29-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Age Before Swallowing the Anchor

How old is too old for active trawler cruising?

70?

80?

90?
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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When I can't climb the boarding ladder I guess.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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50 is too old for some people. 90 is fine for other people. Depends on health. Trawler cruising is pretty sedentary (sailing is more active), and in general a whole lot of strength/athletics is not required. On the other hand, squirming around in the engine compartment, pulling an anchor, and the occasional unexpected emergency (Murphy's Law is in full force with all boats!) can be stressful.

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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Impossible question to answer. How long is a piece of string? For boating I think each person will know when to stop.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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When I get that Viking funeral.

Burn me and my boat.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:00 PM   #6
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50 is too old for some people. 90 is fine for other people. Depends on health. Trawler cruising is pretty sedentary (sailing is more active), and in general a whole lot of strength/athletics is not required. On the other hand, squirming around in the engine compartment, pulling an anchor, and the occasional unexpected emergency (Murphy's Law is in full force with all boats!) can be stressful.



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I'll disagree as most writings of the cruising lifestyle point towards just the opposite...it's a healthy, not sedentary lifestyle...I have to agree as many days I'm pretty tired at the end of the day from pushing carts up/down ramps full of groceries, etc....scrambling around decks to tie up, anchor, launch the dingy, haul the gas cans...ok so it's not bricklaying but then maybe it's how you cruise.

Most older sailors sail in a style which is rarely more energetic than raising and lowering the sail more than once a day...I have two good sailor friends that are all over trawlers now that I have one...not because of the work but because of inside steering and they run their engine darn near as much as I do.

Most chores are similar and the list is ling unless you have a large crew and the tasks are split.

The average suburbanite plops on the couch with a beer till dinner...just kidding but cruising take just as much effort...maybe more than home ownership.
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The PO of our boat swallowed the anchor in his 80s. He told us he was giving up living aboard and boating because he no longer enjoyed taking his grand kids out. He was too scared they'd go overboard and he wouldn't be able to rescue them. The files he gave us included a large bill for a swimstep repair and straightening the anchor so not sure if there was an "incident."
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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You don't stop boating because you get old, you get old because you stop boating. I guess it depends how active you are. I plan on boating and riding motorcycles until I stop breathing.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:51 PM   #9
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My Dad stopped when Mom got Alzheimers.
Friends of his, in their late 80s, still go to the mid coast of BC every summer. That is north of Cape Caution. They have stopped going to Alaska, due to the high cost of travel medical for all their chronic health problems (they have lots) and age.
A friend's uncle died last year, now he will need to sell the boat, or take it over.
And yes, I also know many who stopped boating. Their reasons are varied, and valid for them.

I don't see it as an age thing. You boat so long as you enjoy it.

Friends my own age just retired, started competitive cycling, so had no time to use their boat and sold it.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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I know a guy 84 that launched his 25' Albin in Minn and did the loop anti-clockwise w his wife. That was 7 years ago and I see him in the Albineers of BC still.

He is an exceptional man though.

I'm 73 and figure I've got ten years w a tad bit of luck.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #11
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We didn't even get our first boat until I was 60. We're going to go until they find us folded over the helm and just drifting away into the sunset.....
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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A real question? At 75 bought a new boat. The question of anchor is answered with the following spoken by "who shall be obeyed". As we all know that the best time to set the anchor is right after "she who shall be obeyed" tells you to. Those of us who are smart always have the last word and do not use it. Bill
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I've always figured I would know when my time was up for this boat. At that time I'll sell her and buy something in a ~27' boat we could trailer and that would be easy to handle. I think my health will be the big determinater of that.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:34 AM   #14
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Days spent boating are not deducted from the sum total of your life!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:00 AM   #15
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My grandmother had to stop a 95 when she could no longer hand pull her 95lb anchor back on deck
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #17
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Like the General at the end of "12 O'Clock High", you give up boating when you can no longer bring yourself to climb on board.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:06 AM   #18
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When my wife and I feel it to dangerous and/or much for us. Probable mid 70ís? However, we probable will move off the boat by then as we have already live on the boat for 16 years and boating 45+ years.
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Phill I'm 73 and think that's funny and sad.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:49 AM   #20
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My wife has a ankle and hip problem so she will proable be the first to move off the boat, but we will hang on to it after we move off. I might gift it one of our children when it gets to much.
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