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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
If I was planning on building a boat for going cruising open endedly I would seriously investigate one of Brent's boats. He lives nearby so I could go to the source, sail on one of them, possibly even see one being folded up and so forth.
I've never been a big fan of conically developed boats because of all the corners but the origami process improves that a lot.
Nothing I've read here would send me running away. Brent is kind of messianic about his methods but that's O/K - it wouldn't degrade the boat in my view. Probably a lot of it is purely a defensive reaction to a lot of the more negative commentary here.
The bullet proof quality and the twin fin/beach-ability aspects have a definite appeal, as does the welded instead of bolted deck hardware - for that kind of use. I wouldn't particularly want one (steel) for local cruising.
Much of the negative opinion expressed here relates to the "workboat" aesthetics he prefers but that is easily remedied during construction - plenty simple to mount sleek hatches instead of submarine hatches and so forth.
The fact is that his boats have made many successful trans-oceanic voyages so there is no reason to dismiss the concept simply because Brent tends to stand on a fairly tall soap box.
I always enjoyed Speakers Corner in Hyde Park as well.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.