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Good points Robert...
Part of the real problem is that no one design or solution is really going to be applicable to every use of a boat. Boats are generally designed for the function they are going to be used for. Tugboats are designed with oversized engines, transmissions and props... which would be totally ridiculous on most other boats their size, but completely necessary for them to perform their function.
Most boats do not need to have self-righting, self-bailing, unsinkability, and alternate forms of propulsion as a general rule. Affordability would be a nice feature, but it is often excluded by the design and function of the boat. You can't really design an inexpensive tugboat, since any boat that is sturdy enough and powerful enough to function as a tugboat, is going to be relatively expensive.
This is true of most designs... and it just seems to me that zmfmd has an unrealistic idea that there is a perfect boat, in the Platonic idea of perfection. No boat is perfect, and no boat can be perfect for all purposes. Different functions will have different requirements, and some of those requirements are less useful for boats with other functions as their priority.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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