I know this has been touched on before in this thread, but the great irony here is still that the cost conscious, go small go now, cruiser that Brent appears to be the self appointed poster child for is far likelier to be sailing the oceans in a Perry designed Valiant 40, Tayana 37 or Passport 40 than in a Brentboat.
Yacht design is Bob Perry's profession, he has no obligation or duty to help me, you or anyone else go cruising, he is not compelled at this stage of his career to donate his services to the needy cruisers of the world. He is a designer of yachts who wishes to excel in his craft. No one would criticise an experienced doctor at the pointy end of his profession from working in a leading facility because he wished to be at the forefront of medicine, likewise any criticism of Bob's work is just 'tall poppy syndrome' base level envy and nothing more.
I find nothing wrong with Brent's boats, I have no issue with his approach to life and cruising, I however find everything wrong with the crap he has spun in this thread.
For stock plastic boats, there is no doubt that Bob is one of the best plastic boat designers on the planet. If you are looking for a plastic boat, then a Perry design would be one if the better choices. You would only have to put proper lifelines on, a proper wheelhouse and inside steering, and proper aluminium hatches, and you would have one of the best plastic boats anywhere ( and a far better looking boat than most new designs )
But you would still have a plastic boat, with a fraction the odds of surviving a collision with a container, a fire aboard , thieves, etc . For a new boat, you would have to give up decades of cruising to pay for her. and end up with a boat so marginally faster, you would never sail far enough to make up for the time you spent paying for her.
This discussion is about pros and cons of steel. Plastic has it's pros and cons, as does steel. For the use most plastic boats are mainly built for ,marina queens, which are rarely used for anything but weekend cruising, and three weeks in summer, plastic boats are ideal .For full time cruising , boats get the same rough treatment as commercial boats, and should be built as tough and maintenance free. Boats which look very Yachty leaving this side of the Pacific , look rough as hell after crossing it. Boats which were plain Jane and easy to maintain, with commercial boat priorities leaving here, look unchanged , and quite immaculate ,by the time they have crossed the Pacific. Its just that much easier to keep them that way . Cleats don't pull out , no varnish to fall off, furlers don't break, anchor winches don't freeze up, blocks don't break or pull out, decks don't leak, etc. etc.