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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Brent, I think if you would go and read the stuff on s/v Silas Crosby you would see that Smack IS directly quoting your customer. So the thing to do would be to tell us how you would explain the difference in what the owner of s/v Silas Crosby had to say and what you were saying, because there IS a great difference in the two, and were I you I would do it in a way that did not piss off my clients past or possibly future.
Sailors tend to play rough, we tend to be blunt, and we tend to expect other sailors to be able to take it as they dish it out, however, as a very experienced manager of sales staff I can tell you that your customers will not want you dogging them out and basically calling them liars. Sailors or not, they are not going to want to pay for the privilege of being called names. So, try to clean up your messes, stop putting down everyone else's choice of building materials, and expound on the good points of your own while also being able to admit that your favorite material does have it down side as well.
In short, try not to make it seem that you are implying that every other material, and every other designer are inferior to your material and design method, people really find that very offensive.
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