This fund is to buy a small sailboat for me to use on the lakes of South Carolina as a form of recreation.
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-A sailboat is a want, not a need. And there is utterly no ambiguity about that reality.
-It is an extravagant want. I could be wonderfully refreshed at the end of a long work week with a canoe, instead of a sailboat, and it would cost a lot less. I could afford a canoe out of my current budget. But since I have the pickup and it has a trailer hitch, I thought I would dream a little and see what happens.
-We will NOT be using it to occasionally do EKGs on terrified landlubbers while sailing close-hauled in a thunderstorm, with the lee rail awash, just so we could claim it as a tax-deductible expense for the company. Your gifts will be taxed before I get the money, since this is nothing but a toy from you to me.
-I have horribly expensive tastes. I would love to have a Flying Scot, a sailboat which is utterly devoid of any shred of humility. Their website calmly says, “Flying Scots are often referred to as the ‘Best Daysailer in the world’ because of its big aft deck and roomy cockpit. Not to mention how its simplicity makes it easy to rig and sail.”
-I also have a wide splash of reality and know that I can get a used Hunter for a fraction of the cost of a Flying Scot and even a Hunter would water many, many dry spots in my soul.
-I don’t think I will gain any deep spiritual insight through sailing. My soul will be front and center, engaged in maximum self-gratification and there will be no bandwidth left for my spirit to communicate profound cogitations. In fact, if I do get a sailboat, it might even diminish the quantity of my deep spiritual insight, since there are races hither and yon . . .