Damn those designers! Almost like non-paying "citizens" treating government pensions as their due.
It seems to me if a clients priority is to get out there fast, then get on YachtWorld, find a well-maintained boat, buy it, and go. I could be totally wrong here but it seems to me that the time it would take to find a boat in good shape, make some minor repairs/modifications, do a shakedown, fix any problems, and go would be quicker than researching a designer, drawing up a design (or even using an existing design), acquiring the materials, building the project, doing seatrials to find all the bugs that are bound to be present in a new build, fixing them, and then going.
I don't know jack compared to most of you but I can tell you this. If I decided to be a "client" and commissioned someone to design a boat for me, you can bet your a$$ I would be checking out not only your qualifications and reputation, but I would be talking to everyone from current and previous clients to your competition before I laid out the first dollar! There is no way I would trust someone that can't or won't suggest alternative construction materials. If you could not present me with a list of references or referrals, no chance of you getting my business. If you are not proud enough of your designs and love your work well enough to be able to show me pics of your work or show actual documentation proving what you say is accurate, you would not get a penny from me.
Having said that, Brent, could you work with a client that wants every assurance that the designer he is entrusting his/her hard-earned dollars to is everything he claims? Would you be able to satisfy all the criteria I mentioned above in a prompt manner? And if you would, why haven't you done that here? Plenty of people have asked you to do just that but you haven't. There are a lot of people that read these posts that haven't actually joined the forums. Think of all the potential clients that could be following this discussion that you could be helping to realize their cruising dreams.
I don't do custom designing . The plans I sell are those I have already designed ,which have decades of feed back from hundreds of thousands of miles experience. If you talk to anyone with a lot of experience in my boats such as Winston , Steve, Jack Carson , Don Shore, etc. you will find the only critics of my boats are those who know nothing about them, and who have zero experience in what they are talking about .
My posts are not about attracting potential clients, they are about informing would be boat builders what their options are, and that a steel boat doesn't have to be extremely time and money consuming, nor does it need a lot of expensive equipment nor expertise to build .
I offer a service to enable home builders to get into an inexpensive, good looking, very well proven steel boat, without taking ten years, or a kings ransom to get out cruising in.
If that is not what you are looking for, then I am not the guy you are looking for. I have enough money and don't need the hassle of seeking more . I intend to continue make available plans designed with advantages of steel , for those who seek them . If you would rather build with outdated methods, and useless wastes of time designed into them, then go ahead. No skin off my ass.
The Energy Minister once said "Brent , why don't you set up shop and begin serious production of these boats ?"I told him "Why don't you? I am making all the money I need with my low cost lifestyle, which I love, and wouldn't trade for all the money in the world. So why would I screw it up, persuing something I neither want nor need?"
Selling books and plans will become a bit of a burden, once pension kicks in, but I will continue, to enable home builders to get the info they need, which would otherwise be unavailable to them.
I'd love to hand the works over to the womens' shelters as a source of funding for them, but they say they couldn't handle it.
Apprentice with who? The world class experts who designed the boat which broke in half in moderate conditions? None of mine has ever had any structural problems of any kind at sea, in any conditions. The world reknown designer who designed my first boat, which was an abortion? People who have never got their hands dirty building or cruising in steel, and thus know nothing about the material? People who have never cruised long term in any steel boat, nor maintained one long term, and thus know nothing about the subject they are giving advice and apprenticeships in? People who know a lot less about these subjects than I do?
I would never stoop so low, as to give them any control over what I do!
I think steel boat cruisers would be far better off had they served an apprenticeship under me.
If I had done an apprenticeship under such people , I would had all the logic indoctrinated out of me, just like so many who did.