I think there are alot of people out there who have made a small fortune by stock market, real estate, etc. and they are coming to the age where they want to retire. Ok what do you do now? Sail around the world. In my research
a boat I have met at least a dozen people in that situation. "I've been on power boats all my life and with the price
of gas I thought I'd learn to sail." was a quote I heard in Mexico
I think there are also people that have left sailing to work hard to get the money
to go sailing (count me as one) and are coming back. Broker in SF told me he gets calls everyday from people looking for an ocean going cruiser around 35' to 40' that isn't a project
and costs less than $150k.
Do you think that with the increase in demand and the increase in materials costs sailboats are going to actually appreciate. I doubt it in real dollars but with all this inflation (that the government
says we aren't having) I can see that the price
of sailboats will increase soon.