My critics there were an interesting collection .,only one of whom had ever built or cruised in a steel boat, and only very limited coastal cruising at that. One was a cowboy ( "Never built a steel boat , but I welded up a lot of steel fencepost so I know a lot about steel boat building"). Another was building his first steel boat, an abortion, so he became an instant expert, claiming to know more about steel boat building than some one who had built dozens. When he put a plywood cabin on a steel boat I resisted the urge to suggest he use something lighter and less prone rot, or that he use a stainless flange to bolt it down on. (Something I have recently done, with excellent results). When he had anchor locker problems I resisted the urge to offer a very simple solution. As he has attacked every suggestion I made ,let him learn the hard way ( at great expense). He will discover the true skill of his designer when he first sits down on his setee and the side deck whacks him in the back of the head( on a 38 footer!) Many of my clients have upgraded to my boats from that design, an upgrade which all have considered a huge improvement.
Anyone backing me up on that site, including Coast Guard, were all attacked and accused of being me under an alias. Some instantly began receiving threatening emails. Dudly Dix was briefly on that site. He sent me an email saying he was attacked and threatened for having something nice to say about Ganley designs. I wonder how many others, with actual hands on experience, have been driven away by their adolescent jeering. There are not many there who have any significant experience in small steel boat building or design .
The attacks on me became racist, and one white South African stated he was " A racist and proud of it." He also posted on that site a that all torch cuts must be thoroughly ground, then posted on another site that "A good cut needs no grinding."
Another , claiming to be a naval architect, stated that shape has no effect on stiffness. ( A square submarine pressure hull, or a square propane bottle is just as strong as a round one? Ya sure) He also claimed that 13 inches of 3/16th plate is not as strong as three 5/16th inch shrouds, and that which has worked for decades without failure , just may fail in its first 4 hours.
Another ,very childish individual claimed that the 1.08 million pounds of tensile strength hi holding the inside of each of my twin keels on was irrelevant. He tried to take his arguments to the origamiboats site, and was quickly laughed off the stage.
I was attacked for suggesting that a simple stainless sch 40 pipe nipple welded in, for thru hulls has given me and anyone else I know, zero problems in over 40 years. They stated that a plastic thru hull is stronger and safer. Then they suggested a complex arrangement of mild steel flanges and bolts with, zero access behind the flanges and bolts for maintenance.
People going to that site with a simple question, have instantly been jeered at and attacked, for not already having all the answers ( such as they claim to have)
Thus a gang of jeering ,very inexperienced luddites with nearly zero experience on the subject at hand, have wrecked that site, in order to give themselves the last word on any subject which comes up.
It had huge potential as a source of information, but has been sabotaged into uselessness.
Some claim that this is being done to an increasing number of sites.