All boats require a lot of maintenance
as the elements are harsh, but sailboats and plastic pleasure boats are almost impossible to keep up with and very expensive to keep looking good. Everything has to be shiny, bright, clean and spiffy all the time. Bump into a dock
or neglect the boat for a month and you will notice it.
Compare that to the local crab boat the actually works on the water
7 days a week 12 hours a day. Does the owner get less pleasure from being out on the water
? Is his boat less safe? Is it less reliable?
Pleasure boaters and weekend sailors pay an insane premium for all that useless brightwork and spotless shiny plastic. After a while they tire of wasting all that money
and time and the boat shows it.
If they treated their boat like a working boat and used the toughest most economical surfaces and materials to weather
the harsh elements, they would get a lot more use and pleasure from their boats.