Look - I'm nit going to get into a ping pong match on the subject.
The sea trial article was written by a very experienced passage making sailor with 10s of thousands of ocean miles under his belt. He wasn't paid or renumerated in any way. The only changes made were punctuation and spelling.
If you read the entire article you will see that he was very skeptical about the seaworthiness of the boat, before he sailed it.