Got my first boat at 26 (13' Banshee) and was hooked, but broke. Finally got a second boat 20 years later (18.5' Sea Ray) and spent as much time on the Sacramento river as Folsom lake. Got my first trawler at 49 (35' CT35) and sold it a year later to buy a cruising sailboat (Union 36) with plans to cruise around the world. Man plans, God laughs. Wife decided she really didn't want to spend weeks at sea and bolted. Found another wife but then both our parents got ill. Mine died and we ended up swallowing the hook to take care of her parents. Sold the Union in 2010 because we just couldn't leave long enough to sail her. We just bought our new to us trawler (CHB 42' Europa) to fix up and cruise to Alaska and Mexico when things resolve here. Have cruised to Mexico twice and can't wait to go again.