I consider myself middle class. That means my net household income is less than 100k for a family of 4. I feel I can afford to sail without straining my family's finances. My boat has cost me a whole bunch of labor, around $5000 cash, and somewhere in the $1600 range per year for docking and maintenance. A small price to pay for all the fun that comes with owning a sailboat yet my friends cant understand how I can afford such a hobby. The common stereotype is that people who sail are rich. If you are in the same situation as I am please feel free to share your story with me. It would be nice to have someone other than myself to compare to when explaining to my friends that they too can afford to sail if they really want to.