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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
You are correct of course Paulo - the marketplace is pretty harsh about weeding out anything that doesn't have wide appeal.
The comment Faster made about cars is apropos though - even enthusiasts have to read the badges now in most cases to tell them apart. The same is happening to boats. Bill Garden once referred to "The vast fleets of white, triangular me-too's". And that was when there was still some variety in boats.
It isn't a change for the better IMO. It wouldn't have been quite so bad if it had happened when boats were still good looking but it's a shame that design (or styling at least) has become fixed at a point when performance boats are generally so ugly and soulless.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.