We sold our Thistle when I was 68 and it was getting too much for us to step the mast every time and take it down at the end of the day, though we did it for 27 years...
I really hated to see her go because I had fitted that baby out with the best, ball bearing traveler, Harken ratchet blocks for the jib sheets, and swivel cleats for the centerboard and the Cunningham, 4 inch Harken block fancy swivel cleats for the main sheet, the one that opens a bit with down pressure for fine adjustments, bailers at the bottom of the hull and in the transom, spinnaker bags, the works.
I paid $1600 to buy it and got $2000 when I sold it after 27 years though it was worth more with all the improvements I put into it, but the guy I sold it to had been crewing on a Thistle with a national champion and at the races he would drool over mine. I haven't kept up with race results but I wonder.
We bought a 26ft stink pot and have it docked on Lake Erie. We had a nice trip with it last year on the Erie Canal from Bufallo to Syracuse and next month we are doing the Trent-Severn waterway in Canada, it will be 240 mile three-week trip.
I miss sailing somewhat but my best friend has a 36ft Catalina in our marina and I mess around with that sometimes, it really is a stiff boat and trimmed right it goes like hell. Also we are thinking of making one more trip to the BVI bareboat chartering with another couple. And before you know it the snow will fly again.