Well you started out pretty well there Len. But then went completely off the rails - yet again making it an "us and them" thing.
I like my job a lot. I make great money doing it and don't have to work many hours or very hard at it. It's awesome. Oh and it's not shelf stocking.
I'm also pretty handy and love finding ways to do things as cheaply as possible where I can. Most sailors do. Look at bl's do-it-yourself thread.
What I have NO desire to do is live full time on a small boat (steel or plastic). I love being able to cruise a few months out of the year in beautiful places then go back to my beautiful home and pool.
You and Brent just don't seem to like the fact that people can be happy with that kind of balance. For you guys it has to be all or nothing. That your way of life is somehow "enlightened" - that the rest of us are "completely unskilled and unimaginative". Well I don't think that's true it all. And it certainly makes you guys sound like you're bitter simply because you have no other options.
That's not enlightened. That's simply being trapped on a different kind of treadmill. One I have absolutely no desire to join you on.
Why not live and let live dude?
Meaning that all the advice Smack posts on living aboard, and long term cruising priorities, are based on zero experience with actually doing it!
He keeps giving advice on these subjects, without actually experiencing any of it. Don't get your live aboard and long term cruising advice form a house dwelling land lubber!
So if your goal is to continue working, to throw money at a marina queen, while living anywhere but on a boat, rarely leaving the dock, and you value marina queen priorities over function, then Smack is your best source of advice.
If your goal is to get off the treadmill ,and actually spend a significant part of your life enjoying the cruising life, if your goal is to cruise safely, and affordably, without it costing you a huge portion of your life, then Smack is the last source of advice you should allow to screw up your plans. He knows nothing about the subject, having no long term experience with the matter. That kind of advice you should only take from someone who has actually accomplished what you seek.