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is a sailboat just a toy?

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is a sailboat just a toy?

A good poll in the forum, and here is a first response…

Treating the sailboat as an expensive toy or status symbol would be too limiting an attribution of motive for sailors. To be sure, there’s ego gratification in owning a particularly well-regarded or well-performing boat, and "yachts" in generally are status symbols. If the "difference between men and boys is the price of their toys", then at least some sailboat owners are potentially very manly men indeed. The perceived and often real exclusivity and expense of yacht clubs reinforces this exclusive image. And, the public regards "yachting" as a particularly inaccessible and upper-class recreation, even if many not-so-ultimately-privileged sailors know somewhat better.  Read on.