Land living is borrowing money to buy what you don't need to impress people you don't like. Some take that kind of thinking to the sea, sadly.
Geesh! You really just don't like anyone do you? Everyone that has a different opinion from you is WRONG. Anyone that thinks exactly like you is ENLIGHTENED.
How do you have any customers with an attitude like that? I would think it just a matter of time before even your biggest supporters didn't live up to your purity.
PS: I am a person that lived in a subsistence village for years in a VERY small cabin with kids, dogs etc. So understand that your generalizations just offend even those that may agree with you on some topics of the failings of society.
And one thing you simply do not calculate. I have skills that are marketable. Large sailboat building is not one of them. It makes more sense for some people to do what they are good at, make money, then purchase a boat from someone that is good at that. Financially it often makes no sense to build your own, or even get into a major fixer uper, when you can work in your chosen field and come out ahead. Exceptions;
A. You drop out of society in your 20s and never really develop high value skills. Sorry Brent, but the way your data in this discussion is layed out it seems very much amateurish. You are repeatedly asked for hard numbers and you deliver anecdotal evidence. This is not the sign of a true professional. Don't get me wrong, I don't fault someone that makes your choices, but it is hard for them to join a conversation with someone like Bob and have credibility while tossing around the kinda attacks you are posting.
B. You just enjoy the work for the sake of it (For example I build small boats as I find it fun and relaxing. Financially it makes no sense when you add up the man hours compared to what I would have made working in my field more. In fact I could buy lots of kayaks if I converted that time spent into money.
There are many people on this site that were supporting you at the beginning of this thread but you have stepped on everyone's opinions in the process of supporting your own. The easiest way in business to loose is to talk endlessly about what is wrong with the competition instead of touting the advantages of your own products. This thread will damage your business more than help, and that is sad because it could have been a big boost for you. Most (if not all) people get exhausted from endless negativity and just move on to someone less depressing.