This thread did go off track for a while when things got personal, of course it's true that steel is just one of the choices for boat building, with it's advantages and disadvantages like any other.
Not wanting to perpetuate the Brent bash, his boats are what they are and they suit some.. as a counterpoint, even in Brent's backyard, look at Amazon and Waterline Yachts to see how good a steel boat can look.
World Cruiser Waterline 50 >> Designers and builder's of fine metal boats >> Waterline Yachts
1985 Amazon 37 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
Europe, and Holland in particular, has a good rep/history for steel building, but as previously mentioned it's becoming a lost art in face of modern technology, materials, and methods.