For the record, between this thread and others Brent has attacked children, marriage, drinking, all boats other than his own etc. I would almost believe that the Brent Swain seen on sailing forums is actually someone else that actually HATES Brent and is using these threads to destroy his otherwise good name. As the real BS hates all things technical he never gets online and sees that a doppleganger is doing all he (or she) can to ruin him.
It is really hard to believe one person could make the conflicting statements made and really believe them. Reads much more like a caricature.
Brent, others are criticizing your ideas on sailing, design etc. You turn around and attack their honor. As someone that lives and sails among glaciers and poorly mapped areas, a steel boat would actually be ideal. But after reading your posts, I would simply go find another design. Again, steel isn't the problem here.
This thread started as a "pros and cons of steel sailboats" but has become the pros and cons of BS sailboats vs the greedy criminals that would dare sell you something else. Gee, can't imagine how this went off the rails.
I got attacked by plastic boat advocates any time I gave any of the pros of any steel boats, mostly by those who have a financial stake in listing only cons, people who have no experience in steel boats, cruising long term, maintaining or building in steel. They simply dont want cruisers know the pros. The question was pros and cons of steel boats ,not just cons. Without my contributions, the only ones based on actual extensive steel boat experience, only the cons would have been listed.
However the percentage of steel boats cruising the South Pacifc has steadly increased ,to the point where, in some anchorages, over 60 % of the long term cruisers are in steel boats, while many of the rest wish they were.
Meanwhile, their critics are going to work daily ,telling them that they are doing it all wrong.
In Tahiti, in the late 70's, I read an article by Ted Brewer . Even then he said requests for steel designs in three years had grown from a handful to a huge number. Back then, a large percentage of the cruising boats in Tahiti were steel, especially European boats.
So the disinformation campaign is not working, on those with actual experience in long term voyaging, and those with the wisdom to listen to them, rather than to armchair experts...
Go ahead ,build who ever's design you want. I don't give a rat's ass whether you buy my plans or not. I have no interest in doing anything for anyone who wants to tell me what opinions I may or may not express, not for any amount of money. My plans are a design service for those who seek a more practical way of building, not a baby sitting service for those who refuse to figure things out, or who get their advice from those who have zero steel boat experience, and who would rather sell you plastic. I'd rater not deal with you; there are enough practical, intelligent people to keep me as busy as I want to be (or more than I want to be). Just tell me where you are building ,so I can sit in the shade and watch you do months of needless extra work , all because my defense of practical steel boats bugs you.
I have never attacked children, just the making of too many of them, at the expense of those who are already here. Children who grew up cruising with me can confirm that.
Marriage? Who hasn't made a derogatory comment about that? What percentage of the human population? Only liars can make that claim.
Drinking? Yes drinking is dense, period! I stand by that. Glorification of drinking has cost far too many lives already, and caused far too much misery, especially for children.