Thanks for the thought Brent but I'm totally delighted with my boat . She is a treasure and I hope t sail her for many years on the oceans of the world. And as Bob has said your potential clients are a different breed. What I was trying to point out is at least in North America the yards that made steel boats have long since closed or are now constructing in Aluminum. The designs available in steel for yacht (not boat)construction below ~60' are quite limited as very few N.A.s are actively designing in steel. Even new boat designs in steel are unusual. I did a brief internet search which was negative. As you point out your designs are quite old and do not make use of design advances of the last several decades. Given new designs in aluminum still are drawn and executed in response to this shift in the market new construction both in North America and Europe in metal seems to be nearly exclusively in aluminum.
Outside your small group given the strength, ease, resale value and myriad new and traditional designs in tortured wood, cold molded, strip plank, and aluminum I am unaware of any new construction in steel even for the home builder in the size of your designs.
Could you please educate us to the total number of boats built to your designs? Could you please list the boats built to your designs in the last five years? If documented name and home port to confirm their existence?
Unfortunately unless you can do so it will be evident to all readers that what limited success you've had is now of historical interest only.
I have built 38, starting with my first design, a 29 footer named Simplicity, which I sailed to Tahiti and back in 77-78,then sold to Mike Ward who sailed her to Mexico, Hawaii and back to BC in 88-89. H elater built one of my 40 footers named Mishar which he sailed to New Zealand and back to BC. leaving in 99-. She is shown on the origamiboats site, along with my current 31 footer. My first steel boat was built traditionally ,over frames. My first origami boat was a 26 footer built in 1980. Then I built a 40 footer to a Brandlymeyer design ,named Fan Tan which is in False creek at the Co op marina . I built the first 36 , Mungo in 1981, then Quarante Dos , my first 31 which is in Olympia Wa. . Then Iron Butterfly, which was in the west Indies last count. Then Pearl Song , which was in Ganges harbour last I heard . Then Silver moon, currently in Alaska, then Eclectus ,last in SW England, then Ola Surerte ,in Sooke last I heard, then a 36 in Sidney then my current boat then Moon raven , in Courtenay, then Ullr, in New Zealand , then one in Campbell River, last seen in Squamish, then Shinola , last in Campbell river, Tagish in Royston, currently on a circumnavigation , probably in the west indies , then Silas Crosby, then there were the two I built in Cowichan Bay, Costa Vida and Mikes 36, which is in Fulford habour next to the govt dock, then Nordic, last seen in Guaymas, then one in Susalito, Currently in Hawaii, then one one in Frisco, then Exit, then one in Rochester Minesota, then Gords 40 in Richmond, then Victor's 36 in Combs ,then , hell I 'll have to check my list. Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Evan has done a similar number, Suzie has built several, as has Ken Splett, Peter Dirst, etc. Haidan , Sarra and Shawn have just done a 36 near Campbell River in the last couple of months, John Olson did one or more in England .
I don't think you can disinvent a way to get a steel shell together in 1/10th the time it takes using outdated "imitation wooden boatbuilding "methods, with far better results. Once the cat is out of the bag ,I don't think everyone will reject such an obviously superior way of doing things, and go back to accepting grossly outdated and tedious boatbuilding methods. Some luddites no doubt will, but practical people are far more resourceful and intelligent than you give them credit for .
Friends cruising Mexico tell me they rarely see a cruising boat there which doesn't have a copy of my book aboard . Plans keep selling at the same rate they always have. Books ,plans, and Alex's video will be around a long time, as will my boats .
Aluminium has always been an option for my designs , but after over 3 decades ,I can still count on one hand the number which have been built in aluminium, and interest in doing so seems stuck in minimal at the moment . I see a lot of steel boats cruising , including new ones, but very few aluminium sailboats . The huge cost differential and the difficulty in finding effective antifouling which wont eat them, along with the difficulty, complexity and lack of reliability of welding aluminium, remain huge deterrents to aluminium as a practical choice for home builders, or any low cost, practical cruising boats.
This is the first internet access I have had for a week. Should have a lot more in the next couple of weeks. Till then ,its time to go fire up the stove .