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Why does it seem like there are more younger cruisers on the West Coast?


I was reading a recent blog posting from a couple from Michigan that I love to follow, Matt & Jessica. They were doing a self interview for the Newly Salted blog which is part of the Interview with a Cruiser Project.

This lead me to read through a few of the other posts on the Newly Salted blog.  It seems like the majority of the younger (selfishly classifying this as under 45 so that we still count as younger cruisers when we head out in 1 year and 8 months) are on the West Coast.  Most of them seem to be concentrated around Mexico or the San Juan Islands.  It surprises me that I don’t find more younger cruisers doing the East Coast, Chesapeake Bay, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

I wonder if this is a reality or just my perception.  It could be that more people on the West Coast are blogging about it thus I find more blogs.  Or it could be that the cruising grounds on the East Coast are more expensive so younger cruisers tend to avoid those areas more.

Makes me curious as to what we will find when we get out there.

Blogs I follow:

Sail Panache http://sailpanache.com/


Art Of Hookie

Changes going south

Commuter Cruiser

Cream Puff http://www.creampuff.us/

Every Good Thing….

Harts At Sea http://hartsatsea.typepad.com/hartsatsea/


Liz Clark And The Voyage Of Swell http://www.swellvoyage.com/

Matt & Jessica’s Sailing Page http://mjsailing.com/

Mid-Life Cruising!!! http://www.mid-lifecruising.com/

PacificSailors.com http://www.pacificsailors.com/

Rode Trip http://blog.rodetrip.net/

S/V Delos http://svdelos.blogspot.com/

Sailing Journey

Sailing Zoot Allures

Searaven sailing

Skelton Crew http://www.skeltoncrew.com/

Summertime Rolls

Sundowner Sails Again

Síochána http://siochana.us/

The “Life Afloat” Archives http://lifeafloatarchives.blogspot.com/

The Monkey’s Fist: Collecting Cruisers’ Perspectives http://themonkeysfist.blogspot.com/

This Rat Sailed http://thisratsailed.blogspot.com/

Tidal Life

Turf To Surf

Wright Away Sails Away

Update April 1st – Ran Across s/v the Red Thread which lead to some others.

http://www.seaussailing.com http://www.seaussailing.com
With Brio http://withbrio.com/
S/v The Red Thread
Knot Tide Down http://knottidedown.blogspot.com/
The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick

*Word Press blogs don’t show up with addresses in the export.

9 thoughts on “Why does it seem like there are more younger cruisers on the West Coast?

  1. Well, I’m on the east coast and am under 45…for the moment. 🙂

  2. Hi Jesse, since we’ll be cruising the carib I tend to gravitate toward younger cruisers in that area so I can’t really compare the coasts. But I can say that the number of ‘younger’ cruisers that I follow that are in the Carib is pretty lengthy 🙂

    • Oh, don’t get me wrong. I definitely have a bunch too, like Mike and Jessica, Road Trip, Hideaway, This Rat Sailed (sorry I didn’t have you before Mike), the Skelton Crew (who could that be?). It’s just that when you look at the Newly Salted page there are far more young cruisers blogging about cruising on the West Coast.

      From reading those blogs it doesn’t sound like there will be a hard time meeting others out there cruising in our age range. (side note: I think we will be a bit of in betweeners because we will be in our 40s. Most “young” cruisers we read about are in their 20s to 30s and most traditional cruisers are over 55.) But the number of people blogging about it seem to be more concentrated on the West Coast.

      Doesn’t affect my want/need to get out there myself 🙂

      • You know, now that you mention the Newly Salted page I see exactly what you mean! I didn’t even think about that before 😉 Also, thanks for the shout-out!

    • Hi Jackie,

      I was thinking maybe you have some blogs that I don’t. So I updated the post with a list of the blogs I regularly follow. Do you have any good ones for me to add to the list?



      • Boy do I! 😉
        A couple of my current favorites include lahowind.com and wherethecoconutsgrow.com. Both are younger couples (with dogs!) from florida that will be starting to cruise the Carib within a couple weeks.
        Sailingjourney.net is another younger couple that started further up the coast, now in FL waiting to make the jump.
        I think you got the rest of my favorites listed already 🙂

      • Oh shoot, you have Sailing Journey on your list so scratch that! But I would add sailingchance.com. Another younger couple with dogs who started cruising this fall. Happy reading, we need something to entertain us during the winter right?!?

      • Thanks

        If it weren’t for blogs and planning some summer cruises I wouldn’t make it through the winter.

  3. I think this is an astute observation. I believe there are more younger cruisers than ever on both coast. Perhaps I just notice more because we are in the information age or perhaps the numbers are truly increasing. We’ll never know.

    Whatever the reason, hats off to these fearless young folks. I think these youngsters are getting an education in geography and anthropology that no ivy league college could come close to giving.

    If you can do it, then go.


    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

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