Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
Thanked 40 Times in 38 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Friends have said to me " Why would you waste your time arguing with a total egomaniac who responds to a question about metal boats as if it was a question asking him to talk incessantly about himself and how he spent his day. " I am always open to feedback from my clients, which has steadily improved my boats, from the feedback from people who actually own them and do circumnavigations in them, not from those who know nothing about them, or about metal boats in general.
Yes, the question was about metal boats ,not about kiddy pictures, day sailing in an oversized toy, or a fat man playing his guitar. When someone trying to portray himself as a guru( or a politician) gets asked a question about something he knows nothing about, the standard response is to change the subject. Sounds a lot like the standard response here, by those who have no personal experience in cruising in, maintaining, or building metal boats.
Don't get your advice from someone with zero experience in the type of boat you are talking about. (Like Bobsmack.)
James Pronk posted a great post on the origami boats site recently. He said the Catalina he owned, took far more work to get things right ( as it was a stock abortion, built as poorly as one can imagine), than it would have taken to build a brentboat.The time he took to repair an older wooden boat was as much as it would take to build 2 brentboats. At the end of each project he still didn't have as good a boat as he would had he spent less time building a brentboat, his next boat.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"