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Re: Is Sailing an Elitist Sport?
"I constantly have to explain that the cost to travel 3 miles or 85 miles is the same, because the wind is free. "
I know a number of alleged MBAs who would say the same thing, but it just ain't so.
The immediate cost out of your pocket may be the same, but traveling 85 miles WILL cost you about 30x as much as traveling 3 miles, no matter how you slice it. Sooner of later you need to apply new bottom paint (ablative, wears off by the mile) replace blown out sails (stretch, wear, take UV damage by the mile and hour, however you prefer to measure) and even replace the rigging, which takes a load cycle and wears out every time you tack, or put strain on/off the rigging.
So while you may not feel those expenses for five or ten years, or two years for bottom paint, you still WILL eventually pay for the use of the boat, and you will pay by the hour and the mile for any use you put on it. Even if you don't use the batteries and lights or any other consumables.
Fixed costs, variable costs...the real MBAs can tell you how it all breaks down, but it does break down, one way or another.