Y'all have to excuse my buddy xort. You see, he sails on Lake St. Stupid, and that's enough to make any sailor a bit... twitchy. But, beyond that, he's spent a good deal of time and money buying a decent boat and making her better. The idea of somebody asking to be given a boat and then expecting to live on it for... well, next-to-free (which rather implies doing the minimum necessary to keep the water out), probably offends his sensibilities.
Now The Admiral and I haven't spent the money I suspect xort and his Admiral have. And I know he's put more work into their boat than I have ours. But still: I can empathize with his outrage.
Some of us love boats. To some of us, boats aren't Kleenex, to be cavalierly used until they're not fit for anything anymore, and then discarded. To some of us, a boat neglected is a painful sight.