Reginald, I was not suggesting that you had never swung a hammer or used a spray gun. I used 'elitist' because you chose to distinguish 'blue collar workers', who make up the vast majority of the population of any country, from yourself. Yes, I have suffered financial setbacks in the recent past. Indeed, the dramatic devaluation of the
Canadian dollar in relation to the USD over the last couple of years alone (I am a Canadian national) has added 1/3rd to my costs for cruising (where on this side of the Atlantic, the USD is king). That, of course, had very little if anything to do with blue-collar workers, or obesity, or drinking beer
I have no idea what your generation is, but I strongly suspect it is not the generation that built aircraft in WW2. Simply put, I believe that I responded fairly to your legitimate question concerning refit
costs, but felt it appropriate to criticize your unnecessary, inflammatory and insulting description of the majority of your own country and likely this site - blue collar workers. As a retired professional, even if I shared your views (and I decidedly do not), I would have kept in mind one of the findamental rules of this site: play nice!
From a practical perspective, you may wish to keep in mind that whether or not you respect blue-collar workers, you are apt over time to get some of your best advice when issues arise on your own boat from marine
contractors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, riggers, fiberglass
and metal workers etc. who are members of this site.