Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Bob. There is no such thing as a boat which has been cruised in and lived aboard for decades being 'Right on its lines" or that exactly where any given owners boat is going to float once he has lived aboard for a while can be predicted. That's as naïve as Skenes suggesting that the weight of a galley pump and is distance from LCB is in any way relevant on a cruising boat ,or suggesting a that a person's total weight of personal effects is around 200lbs. When you talk about calculating such foolishness for "Accuracy" you live in a fantasy world.
Bob, I notice that whenever I get the chance to get online, your response to my post is almost instant, suggesting you have nothing better to do than sit in front of a computer all day. As I am doing much of the time what you are giving advice on but rarely doing, cruising, I often go days without the chance to respond . That is what happened on that other site. There is no way someone who is too busy cruising and living life can respond to everything that a half dozen people without a life beyond the internet with nothing better to do than attack , any and every post someone makes. Politicians have discovered that a lie ,if repeated enough, eventually gets accepted as truth, no matter how obviously false it is. Some are using that tactic on the internet , quickly reducing its usefulness.
I have received a lot of thanks for my posts, in personal emails, by people who know if they make it on a chatline, they will be attacked and possibly threatened . Many of them have ended up buying books and plans from me.
You say you use the chatlines as a type of social life. Given the amount of free time you obviously have, it doesn't look like clients are beating a well worn pathway to your door. No big surprise, given that the market is flooded to overflowing with what you offer.
For easily built small steel sailboats, I don't have much competition, and have been as busy as ever ,thru all the critical debates of my methods, with a spike in interest and orders for books and plans during the boat design debates. Those I have handed my job over to, have had to go into hiding, to get a break from all the work that is being offered to them.
Condolences for the death of your relevance.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"