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It's cool, so does Brent. Just ask him.

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Brent came over today.
Spent the afternoon giving me ideas and guidance on the boat. Then we went for an ice cream in the harbour. I Cant imagine having a better boat designer.
He really gets what i am trying to do. Its nice to know that he treats me like a friend and not a customer.

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Brent came over today.
Spent the afternoon giving me ideas and guidance on the boat. Then we went for an ice cream in the harbour. I Cant imagine having a better boat designer.
He really gets what i am trying to do. Its nice to know that he treats me like a friend and not a customer.

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That is cool. Good on Brent. Actually, it's what any designer of one-offs should do for their clients.


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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Not only one offs but semi customs and production runs as well. We have had the usual bugs with our new boat. I didn't like supports for hard Bimini. Phil lambert redesigned it. Then had it constructed at his yard. Then shipped to my marina. Then he flew up from Florida to help install it. The broker, josh hodgson, has both spent untold hours educating us to our systems and workin out small bugs. Class acts. That's why they are still in business.
When we had a production boat- a PSC 34- a call to steve Brody resulted in a answer or part. We bought this boat used. There wasn't a dime in it for steve.
Yes maybe with the large production builders it's different. But I don't think so as those with out good customer support are at risk of poor referrals and moving up with repeat buyers.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Actually, I have had some dealings with Beneteau's service department and it has been amazingly great on each occasion providing information and parts at very reasonable prices (even obscure proprietary parts such as a radiused cherry door from a model that was 12 years out of production). My few dealings with Hunter have been similar but not as stellar. I have not had direct dealings with Catalina so I can't comment.

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August 22nd till the 24th is the Perry Rendezvous. We will have up to 50 boats and 200 people there. This year we are having the formal christening ceremony for FRANCIS LEE. Of course we will have bagpipes! I will get to spend time with a lot of owners of my boats. They all seem to be friends and I like that. For certain it is a big ego stroke for me but what the hell, I've worked hard at this. There are few things I like more than being around a group of sailors who's lives are enriched by owning one of my boats. I just love to see people having fun in my boats. Kind of completes the circle.

Had a guy sail up in a Baba 30 and anchor just down the beach from my shack last weekend. His boat looked great and he appeared to be enjoying himself. He was by himself so I did not intrude.

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Brent came over today.
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That's great news. For as much as I enjoy piling on at times and giving Brent a hard time, and as much as I am genuinely concerned about the lack of technical design theory that he is willing to show, he does seem to be really great about helping his clients out with their builds. When undertaking such a huge project by oneself I can see that as being a big plus.

How's your boat coming along?? You probably hate this question, but when do you estimate she'll be done?

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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You are all invited to the Perry Rendezvous. I don't care what kind of boat you have. We have one powerboat that comes every year. Maybe they just like the food or the music.

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Mark is going to show up here today in his big tractor truck. I have never met him but I have assured my wife that he is a good guy. He's hopefully spend a couple of days here. I can't wait to see his truck parked in my driveway! I'll take photos.

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