The original header was "Sailors Are Cheap"
Are they better boaters? For the most part that's an easy yes.
In my business I work with both. Sorry guys, for the most part sailors are cheap
compared to power boaters. Doesn't make them bad people, I'm one myself, but given a call to do work on a 46' sail boat or a 46' power boat
the odds are greater that you'll make more money
on the power boat
. The vast majority of sailors have tools in their tool boxes. Power boaters have a check book in their tool boxes. For the most part sailors will maintain their systems better and power boaters will let their systems go to sh.., usually through lack of care or ignorance. These assessments are just mine, garnered from the time I've worked in the Marine
industry and the many people I know in the industry. Of course there are exceptions to the rule
. Also, small boats, bass boats, Sun Fish
, etc. just don't figure into this equation, nor do mega powerboats and mega sailboats.