Although not used as a means of transport anymore, due to the arrival of the more effective motorboat, a sailboat is still an attractive item for many people. There are many things it represents that keep it in the industry.
First of all, a sailboat is a symbol of money. While it can be as cheap or as expensive as a car, a sailboat still requires a hefty investment. Sometimes it even requires a bank loan or some other type of credit. However, unlike a car, a sailboat has little practical value for its owner. While a car has many functions, like taking you around places, and letting you carry a load, a sailboat is used mostly for entertainment and leisure and that is what you are paying for when you buy one.
Another thing a sailboat represents is class. Although it is not only an item for the elite anymore, it still stands for a type of lifestyle and the values that it represents. For example, it means that your lifestyle allows you to take the time to go to a lake or to the sea. It also means that you have taken the time and trouble needed to learn how to sail, instead of resorting to a motor boat, which is easier to handle.
In turn, this takes us to another thing that a sailboat is sought for. To a lot of people, a sailboat represents the mastery over the elements. Just like men did for centuries, before the invention of motors. These people want to go wherever they want, using only the wind as their motor and the sea as their field. This gives them a sense of accomplishment that leaves them satisfied.
And with good reason, learning how to move a boat, by using only the sails requires a good knowledge of wind physics and physical strength. It is not easy and even after being trained, it still requires a good deal of experience before it can be done right.
In fact, there are many schools that give courses for amateurs and novices. If you do not have any experience. It is much better if you take a course, as they will teach you the basics. Most importantly, they will teach you all the sea safety regulations that you have to be aware of. The sea can be a very dangerous place, so it makes sense to learn this before going on an adventure by yourself.
Finally, try renting a few sailboats first before you purchase one. You will be better informed on how they work and which ones you feel more comfortable with.