If you're going to own a sailboat, especially if you are younger and cash-strapped (your boat will assure you are cash-strapped later:-) you should invest in being able to do the things that are necessary. Invest in a welder. Invest in some good hand tools and invest in learning how to use them. One of the things that makes me nervous about younger folks is that they depend too much on groups. They have been brought up and indoctrinated in the age of touchy-feely "groupness." "Friending" is a new verb that hints at this tendency. They are consequently manipulated easily as a group. I believe there were many more independent thinking people 40 years ago in the baby boom generation. There were a lot more old boats resurrected by 18 year-olds in the 60s. There seemed to be more kids interested in individual things that did not require a group of "friends." Also, working with one's hands to get proficient at something more than really fast texting (another new verb) was more in vogue.
Agree about the first part mostly. Maybe not the welder, not a lot that can be welded on an FG boat, especially not with a consumer grade welder from Canadian Tire or some such with flux core wire etc.
The hand tools are invaluable. Cordless tools are great too. Buy longevity over gimmicks. Dewalts or a house brand of a tool company can be the best bets. Home depot has the same battery packs they've had for ages. Saves on replacing the whole tool.
I'm kicking myself for not getting a smaller cordless setup and one of those impact guns(which I've always laughed about, because how can you be too lazy to drive screws with a drill?) Best tools I've ever owned. Put the screw driver in the end, with the sleeve for driving long screws and it lets me tighten huge hose clamps in seconds without ever slipping or stripping.
Where I often avoided my big hammer drill for weight, these are just too easy.
Nonsense. At least complaining about the youth of today hasn't gone out style.
The youth who rebuilt boats and sailed them away were not all that common then either.
While I do admit that most people my age are pretty useless, I don't believe there were that many less useless people in that age. If anything, the baby boomers are not exactly highly regarded for their ability to think about things critically or independently any more than the youth of today. How many of them had to worry about carrying insurance on the boats just to dock somewhere?
Or in case the boat sank so they wouldn't go bankrupt etc.
In any population, the majority of people will do what everyone else does, and seek approval.
Goes with being called the majority