It's never our responsibility to keep a business alive. Businesses come and go. Some start in garages and are now well known and thriving. Sometimes business climate changes, or the way we purchase changes. Some people can't run a business, or keep it current. I'm happy to have a used American boat, lucky me. I probably would have gotten an RMR had I not been given the chance to buy they one I got. My buddy just got a brand new RMR last week, and I want an RMR Storm as my next buy. I'm just as happy for him as I was to get my Sotar. My first river trips were in a Riken, and my Dad still has his 1996 Riken. Those are great boats, not made here. We drive a Toyota Sienna and a Subaru Legacy. They are great cars, with 232K and 178K. I'll keep driving my import cars and lament the loss of Riken rafts.
I may be a poverty boater, but I am debt free and my wife stays home with my kids. This way I don't pay someone else to raise my kids, but I can't buy gear from wherever you think I should buy gear. Oh, my buddie's poverty raft was purchased at our local raft shop, Andy & Bax, where my dad bought his Riken, and I bought my Aire Force XL ( on 9-11-2001 I might add, fuck you Bin Laden) and my Dad's best friend bought 2 rafts, and 2 kayaks, and we boat with some of the guys there. ( Riley is the man) I buy there whenever I can, in fact the guy who just bought the RMR is my friend because I met him at Andy & Bax over 8 years ago.
I think you are wrong to call anybody a poverty boater. I'll keep my poverty boater friends too.
Wishing I was on the river instead of surfing the web...