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Ahoy, my friend Jeff, I see our spats have drawn some bad press. I grew up on and out of wooden sailboats from 1963 - 1987 on the Chesapeake. I''ve worked in a production boat factory for 4 yrs @(200) boats a year,and have owed my own custom fiberglass business for 7yrs. I have designed and built the plugs and molds for many projects including a 16'' planing hull dinghy of my own design, planter liners for the lobby of Westin Hotels, 9'' double sink photography lab countertops, etc. I have reparied everything from blisters to a sunfish lost off a roof top on the Washington Beltway, to a complete deck glassover of a 30'' power boat just to name a few. I can sail any boat anywhere anytime , heck I could sail a power boat if I had to. I''m a master plumber as well as a general contractor for 20 years so my real hands on skills and business skills are extensive. My sailnet bio lists the variety of boats I own and sail. By my estimates I''ve spent four years of my life on the water and another twelve in the fiberglass /boatbuilding business. I ''m semi retired bouncing back and forth from SW Florida To Philadelphia, depending on where the sailing is good. I''m on my second marriage(9 yrs) with four daughters and one grandaughter (all very attractive) . My varied accomplishments and sucess with boats,women and business are a matter of fact. I have built this experience without benefits of family money or formal college education. Those that can, do, those that can''t, sell boats. I don''t race for the simple reason that I believe racing should be fun and class racing isn''t very nice. I don''t think that boats in excess of 100,000 are morally fair to the poor slobs who ruin thier bodies for a paupers wage in building them and the snobbery of those who buy them. This industry and your steadfast opinions notwithstanding need to get real. I sir am the real deal. I love the smell of resin(stryene) in the morning and I could care less is my boat is slow or ugly or inexpensive. I don''t need fancy industry buzz words to prop up an empty life. Big Red 56. Pirate.