Mike, I'm glad you posted this. After reading some of the posts on that forum, it looks like even Brent's peers in steel design and building have concerns about his claims. Looks like he pulled the same stunts over there as he has been doing here. He's lost nearly all credibility with me (good ideas regarding steel maintenance excluded) and comes off like a used car salesman.
The many Engineers/NA’s etc on the boat design site told Brent he was out of his tree when he tried to tell them his engineering knowledge went over their heads. When he started telling them they were too dim to understand his engineering arguments he had his credularity adjusted to untrustworthy.
He came back under the alias Jack Hickson and had the same happen again.
Then he posted earlier in this thread the dishonest statements:………..
That the folks on BD net attacked him because he identifies as Canadian Aboriginal…..
That the Coast Guard posted on BD net on his behalf and were attacked……
That Dudly Dix emailed him that he’d been attacked on BD net as well……
That Dix’s SA builder, Wynand was a self proclaimed racist …….
That I said shape has no affect on stiffness……. etc
Just endless BS on and on and on I could quote screeds of it.
The even sillier claims he’s made are even funny. For example that his boats can break their way through 3 feet of solid ice ……. That his boats are ultimately stable to 182 degrees……..( that’s a beauty). That they can T bone a high sided barge at hull speed with no damage, that they can pound in surf for days on end without damage, Pound over reefs, get hit by ships and bounce back for more unscathed.
He says they do all this because he’s discovered an unknown engineering structural method called pre-compression. Most people understand pre-tension makes things stronger but Brent doesn’t hold with that. His proof that it works is the collection of tales of incredible duress....... no other proof is necessary ( like a simple test, or an FEA model ) and anyone questioning this is simply too stupid to understand. Or science of engineering is likened to silly statements about bumble bees flight models or inoculations or something equally obscure. Or the engineer has an honesty problem.
None of the hyped up tales is ever validated, they are always just 2nd hand tale from Brent that often changes significantly with each telling. Or someone else’s tall tale. They have become urban myth in the origami marketing network but there is little or even no truth behind many of the claims. But they are the very validation Brent cites that his method is stronger than anyone else's method. He then proclaims that other designers are corrupt and out to rob their clients with outdated complex engineering and time consuming construction methods. So it gets into some serious misrepresentation and misinformation.
The worst is that his designs are not only apparently dangerously unstable sea boats, they are also weaker than they need to be for the addition of a very small amount of material. But no amount of offer of help ( free help) to improve his designs helps, if you try and tell him that a part is poorly designed and will probably fail Brent just attacks the person offering, calls them names and misquotes what they said.
Brent’s response is to actively vilify anyone who disagrees with him, they are either too dense to understand or are simply liars. And then he makes up a few more handy facts to valid his claim that they are afflicted with a tendency for dishonesty and or stupidity. He’s tried it with me in this thread. Instead of a discussion he attempts to force the exchange into the equivalent of a bar room brawl.