I think people just have different perspectives on the same thing.
To one person the only way to paint the bottom is to use the best paint possible, all the best techniques, put the boat in a good environment to get the best results, and all the rest. That person is trying to perfect the paint job
Another person might skimp on the paint a little bit, not use the best tools, cut a few corners here and there, etc. That person might be trying to perfect the boat
using the money they have available to them, and the paint job is only one of the many things that money has to be used for so they try to get the best bang for the buck.
Yet another person might do a lousy job of painting the boat, just enough to be functional without caring how it looks so long as it works, and they might be reluctant to spend money on the boat in general, just doing the basics to keep her in good working order so that it can be used safely for its purpose. The boat might just be a small part of what the person is dealing with, they may also be cruising long distances, or flying airplanes, or sending their children to college, the boat may just be one part of a much larger picture. That person may be trying to perfect their life
, a life that has a boat in it, but isn't just about having a perfect boat with a perfect paint job.
I think this is the core of the "air conditioning vs. no air conditioning" type threads because you have some cruisers out there who believe in maximizing comfort and luxury on the boat, then you have other cruisers out there for whom the boat is only a part of their cruise, many of them are going the distance and buying that plasma display would mean they wouldn't be going to see the pyramids, so they are willing to sacrifice many "must haves" on the boat in order to make room for other things in their lives.
We always get purists on these threads who swear their way is the only way, that it has to be done with the best tools, the best techniques, and they can always justify it by saying that anything less would be inferior, but they are often neglecting to mention the costs involved, what they give up in order to achieve that perfection, etc. I think there is a "good enough" in most cases, it doesn't always have to be the biggest and the best, sometimes the best is whatever works for you.
"Then she lay down in the third bed, and it was just right." - Goldilocks and the Three Bears.