Originally Posted by MikeinLA
I think the public in general DOES consider sailing or power boating to be elitist. I think it's a natural response when you see someone doing something that you don't know how to do or don't think you can afford.
This is a very good point. The sentiment that if it's not common knowledge it's elitist is very prevalent in our society.
I think it also depends what part of the country you live in. Where I grew up, it wasn't just the rich kids that learned how to sail. That's not the case elsewhere.