The Problem with Some Old Sailors

Since getting more involved in the sailing community by making our videos and sharing our plan, most of the people we know have been overjoyed to hear of our plans. I mean, most of them think we’re crazy but it’s been very positive.

With a few exceptions.

There is an inherent problem with older male sailors. I don’t want to stereotype but I am just speaking of my direct experience in the last two weeks. Candice has been talking to the female counterparts in some “women only” sailing communities and the general feel from them is “you go girl” and encouraging stuff like that.

In the world of sailing men however, it’s a little more discouraging. Men tend to tell us we don’t have the right boat, the right prep work or equipment, and most certainly – not enough money.

I was told our new windlass wasn’t enough because it didn’t cost four grand. Our food budget is not enough, our numbers are not enough.

My experience with sailors up until now has actually been very positive. They are an encouraging people and always willing to help. But these recent interactions leave me feeling frustrated. Second guessing my self and our plans.

Why do they think we need a $250,000 boat and a million dollars in the bank? I was asked “What if something goes wrong??” by a much older gentleman who has been saving for years before he leaves land life behind. Well, lots of things will go wrong. I’m sure of it!

We won’t have $100,000 in the bank to buy our way out of problems. We will deal with things as they come.

SV Delos is largely acceptable as the most successful in what we’re trying to do and they ran completely out of money after two years. Their still out cruising now some seven years later and they’re just fine.

Maybe it’s because this older generation spent their whole lives preparing for this journey and we’re going in our 30’s?

Anyway, their opinions aside, we doing this damn thing and maybe we aren’t doing it in the age old “work till your damn near 70 and go cruising for five years and then die” kinda way. We’re doing it as a way of life, not a way to retire. We don’t mind working as we go and we certainly don’t mind dealing with broken things when they break.

Thanks for the people who do encourage us. Without you, we’d truly be lost.

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