Reading through this forum I kinda get the idea that there are quite a bit of independently wealthy people
Funny I always thought the opposite. The ones who have money to blow, or lavish, have no need for the forums here and just have someone else do all their projects and maintainence and just "buy" everything. I have always thought the posters her are a lot of avid sailors and DIY like I am who like to share knowledge like I do
Dont confuse the fact that lots of us like to have the best or fix the things we best we can and take pride in our ability to make our boats as safe and as comfortable as we wish. One thing is for sure my wife loves to sail and I think that is because I havent made evry time out a " outhouse inn the woods" sleep on ther ground under a lean-too experience. We are not over the top, but the comforts and safety we have added to our paid for vessel make it more than just our second home. We take a three week trip on her everyyear and sail over 1500 miles during that not to mention every weekend at least from Mid march to mid December.
I dont bemaon those who have spartan minimalist intentions nor do I bemnoan those who fix their boats to the max. After all its about the love of the water...and the rush of the wind.