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I totally agree with your comments, Camaraderie, and would not argue with John Neal's comments on the whys and wherefores of different design types and construction methods.
My observations were restricted to the negative comment concerning Moody quality control, which is a fairly serious comment to make, and not backed up with any substantive information, hence the FUD factor. OK, he is not making a big thing of it, except to offer his paid services to help clients find the right boat for them.
Mr Neal is patently an experienced circumnavigator, and I genuflect before him in total respect. However, he surely has not sailed in ALL the boats listed, and I presume that he has collated comments from people who have sailed in the various boats.
My only point here is that Mr Neal should back up such a negative comment with some substantive information. I moved on from my original concerns, ignored the Moody comment, and made my own decision, based on my own substantive research, and not throwaway comments.
Finally, despite my best endeavours, I never uncovered any corroborative evidence to support the Moody comment, and it is a bit academic now anyway, as I own a Westerly Oceanlord!