Originally Posted by jameswilson29
I am going to jump in and defend Jeff H's posts, which I find very informative, whether you agree with them or not. As I read it, Jeff does not particulary like the extremes in yacht design obtained under the IOR rules. After the '79 Fastnet tragedy, many have spoken out against the extreme designs resulting from IOR, resulting in its demise.
Also, let's face it, there are some objectively crappy boats out there, just as there are with any designed and manufactured item.
Here is a thread where Jeff H recommends a number of boats (no Porsches or Benzes) for a first time buyer, and they sound like wise recommendations (so he could not be accused of criticizing everything):
First time sail boat buyer
Thanks for the old post - very informative. I wasn't attacking Jeff's posts, I agree and noted that they are very knowledgeable. I just had formed the impression that he was rather hypercritical of the vast majority of boats out there, whether for design, construction or other reasons. The ones listed in your repost that I'm familiar with are indeed good boats.
Now I want to see the same thing for boats 30'-36'.
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I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken, opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.