Brent, Enough already, why can you not just lighten up. I live in Bahia Brazil and see my fair share of dumpster diving on a daily basis. People don't do this because they want to, they do it to survive. They don't do it so they can brag about how they have a bunch of time to hang on the beach while all the successful people are at work earning an income that will allow them to live their individual perception of a good life. So be it that there are folks out there with limited funds who would like to sail but can only afford one of your boats built of refuse. You have grasp a very, very small portion of the market that don't care if their boats look like crap and have much more time than money/job so as to spend attempting to finish a boat you tack together in a weekend. Your clients are a really small percentage of sailors yet you continually rant that anyone that wishes to purchase an expensive beautiful vessel is ignorant and should adhere to the gospel of BS. Just barely below the surface of your rants there lies a thick layer of obvious envy towards those more accomplished than you and those with more resources. Fact is there are many people like myself that have worked hard and smart and we think nothing of throwing down a half million for a vessel that makes us happy. Personally I would not take one of your BS boats if you gave it to me but then again I am amazed how much money someone else might pay for such a boat, it amounts to infinitely too much ! Different strokes for different folks. I appears to me that everyone on this blog, especially you, would be served well by just sharing information and not condemnation.
Man what a crock! There is not a person on the planet I would change places with! My clients are those who use their boats for cruising full time, a way of life, not as status symbols and marina queens.Sure, I had some high paying jobs, which I could have spent a lifetime doing, making lots of money and gathering consumer baggage ( wrecking the environment and the future of Bobs kids, and grandkids, etc.). I quit as soon as I had enough for a year cruising .Took under a month. Do I wish I had continued working ? Not a chance!
I have turned down every offer of work I have been offered lately.
No one ever laid on their death bed saying "I wish I had worked more!"
I share information every time it is asked for ( far more relevant to the original question here, to which Bob and Smack have contributed little or nothing in the way of steel boat knowledge ). I don't let disinformation, which can screw people who don't have a lot of money, out of their cruising dreams, go unchallenged. I don't let elitists discourage low income people, who CAN go cruising, and enjoy the cruising life as much as any millionaire.
The resulting contempt of such territorial, rich elitists, is a sincere form of flattery, in my opinion.
I have never had a bank loan, and never paid a penny in direct bank interest. I have very rarely, since my mid 20s, had to wake up to an alarm clock, get up and go to work when I didn't feel like it. I have not had to grovel to anyone .What is being suggested here is that I am "envious" of those who spend their lives doing so, often working at jobs they hate, sucking up to bosses they hate.
I set sail, single handed in my first boat, on my first Pacific crossing, at the ripe old age of 23.
What is being suggested is that I am "envious" of those who took took much later in life to get there, and had to put up with decades of crap to get there.
When I see a morbidly obese, bossy woman, I think "If that is not one of the cuties who turned me down decades ago , most of them probably look and act like her." What is being suggested here is that I am "Envious" of the "Lucky " guys who married them.
When I wake up in some beautiful anchorage, when I please, and spend my entire day as I please, doing exactly what I feel like doing, it is being suggested that I am "envious" of those who spend most of their lives being told what to do.
Many people buy the disinformation that ones happiness is directly porportionate to the amount of junk one possesses, failing to grasp the idea that there is a limit on how much one can own before it begins to own you. When it doesn't make them any happier, they simply drown themselves in more junk. It is being suggested that I am 'Envious " of people with this form of mental illness.
Can't think of what I would buy if I won the lottery I have everythign I want already.