There was a comment in another thread that seemed to draw the ire of one of our most respected posters, one with whom I rarely disagree. However, his response to the comment "... I believe they make a big statement when passing by " compelled me to start this thread. I once sold a 50' yacht that taught me an important lesson. The buyer was a doctor from a small-time city in the Deep South and he targeted a boat that I did not particularly support because of its questionable sea-keeping abilities. I grilled him on his use of the boat; it was simple: he said he wanted a boat for escape. He planned on driving to the boat every Sunday, watch football games, and then drive home. It was to be his escape for a day. My conclusion was better he should buy a boat than a 2nd or 3rd home, a condo, or another investment to add to his portfolio. Not everyone has to cross oceans, nor visit islands, nor do the Great Loop, maybe not even fish, maybe not even for special time with family or friends. Respite. Quietude. Escape while enjoying nature can be reason enough. Even "making a statement" is good enough reason to own a yacht. Why not?