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I find the question about whether working on your boat counts as sailing time (in the context of this thread) an intriguing one. As with most things in life, the answer is probably shades of grey, rather than black or white. I've seen some boats well-maintained for years and years, but they never leave the slip, nor will they ever. The project has become the end in itself, and there's always something else "to get done". This may be a little sad from my perspective for the boat, but it may be very rewarding for the owner. And if the boat's not neglected, well, who am I to judge?
Other owners may be spending most of their time working on the boat, but the boat may genuinely need that work, and as time goes by, they will spend more and more of that time out on the water as the boat projects become fewer. Certainly nothing wrong with that.
Of course, it's easier with clear cases of neglected versus well-cared for and often-sailed boats, but many (if not most) owners are probably somewhere in between those two extremes. Just my two cents of course...