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Old 09-28-2007, 03:42 AM   #29
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Helen, I think the “nursing home” and escape from, is the perfect scenario for an inspiring story of rediscovery after “instituionalizement” (What a word… eh!)

Do you guys remember “One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and how they escaped on a charter boat and surfed back in through that narrow cut? It was brilliant!

I can see all kinds of funny scenarios where your protagonists have to adapt and make concession to their aged limitations while becoming masters of their salty destiny.

Just keep singing ...I’m Popeye the sailor man… while writing and best of luck!

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:15 AM   #30
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Hi Helen,

Age is a state of mind, If you keep fit you can go on until the very later years of your retirement, I have just turned 63 and I am planing my second Major off shore trip NZ to the MED and I have no intention of stopping for a long time yet


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Old 02-03-2008, 08:31 AM   #31
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Desite the fact we are becoming a western world of 'fatties', I think improvements in medical care, supplements, an awareness of remaining active......and even vanity.....make 60 the new 40.

Years ago when war and depression, and the subsequent vitamin/mineral/protein deficiencies were affecting most of the first world populations, there was a perception that 40 was old. Health was becoming a problem at 40, we worked harder and had less time and money for recreation....indeed less reasons generally to continue to live a vibrant life, post 40.

Now, with excess dollars awaiting, there is a real expectation of a vigorous retirement. 60 is now middle age, whereas the defining boundary used to be 40.

Let's hope the practical active years continue to be pushed ever further away from the dates of our birth.


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Old 02-03-2008, 01:33 PM   #32
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Having just turned 67 two days ago, and having just gotten ashore after a delivery trip three days ago, This thread is amusing.

My wife turns 45 tomorrow and we are planning some prolonged cruising this year aboard our 25 footer. I can still sail a beach cat right alongside any 30 year old.

So it ain't the age, it's the body, and fortunately mine is still in very good shape- ALL systems still ifunctionaing quite well
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:35 PM   #33
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Hi Helen,

You are right. It is all a matter of attitude.

I have always maintained that cruising is for old folk. The space on a boat is restricted and younger people just will not get enough exercise. Even we (the old) have to do something about this.

I was born in 1940 and I am building a sea boat here. I hope to launch her in a few month's time and then cruise 'open ended' and certainly with no retirement plans.

I am already adjusting my life. I have stopped drinking alcohol, I exercise and I eat healthily. I feel and am better than 5 and 10 years ago. I have also bought a computer and taught myself to make a website. It is a bit behind with updates, but never mind.

I also swim and dive, even in winter. It feels cold for me also, but it can be done.

Old? Many old people are much younger than I!

As you said. It's a matter of attitude.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:14 PM   #34
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Oh, my, Hans. You just resurrected a thread dormant these four years. I'm delighted to see you are doing something interesting at 71. My father is just a dash older than you and is also in exceptional health.

I knew a guy who sailed well into his 80's, bought a fixer-upper boat at 80, and did well with it, but he had 55 years' experience to draw on.

I'm sure I''m not the only one who wants to hear how it goes for you.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:50 AM   #35
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We were in Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos and had a couple in there 80's next to us. Mom was disabled. Two of us went over and helped her off the boat.

They were amazing. Had their boat very well set up for the husband to single hand.


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