WHAT A CROCK!!!!
You know, Brent, there are some of your ideas that are good ideas and good things to pass down. But for the life of me, I cannot think of a single one right now because you spit out this kinda crap that screws up everything else you say.
Beneteau makes a damned good boat for the money. Is it my cup of tea? Nope. But they make a good boat. TO even insinuate that not only are they a marketing gimmick, but everyone who ever bought one is gullible, is such a farce I don't know where to begin... but I will try.
Let see if I get this straight:
You have a steel boat. You pay a max $350 for a used sail which I assume was not properly cut for your mast or designed for you boat. You pull out battens and criticize roach. Just curiously, on one of these origami boats of yours, how fast do you sail and at what wind speeds? DOn't get me wrong, I haven't bought into the J122 for a cruiser crap. But I do like a boat that actually sails forward in reasonable wind speeds. How close can you point to the wind? What is your average SOG when making a passage? What do you plan for? Quite candidly, with some of your comments, your boats remind me of many of the steel hulks I see up in the PNW that are rusted out and never leave the dock unless under the guise of an over-worked engine. Comfortable? I have no idea. Probably. But it ain't safer than a plastic boat if it can't move through the water faster than the flotsam that is floating beside it, it's just more flotsam and jetsam and one bad bilge pump away from being a great reef.
A friend with one of my 36 footers raced on a Beneteau. He said going forward on the decks was like runing an obstackle course, it was small and cluttered. He said if you left the helm for a second, it would instanly go off course. My 36 tracks like she is on rails.
My last trip south, leaving BC, I was south of Hawaii in 14 days. My best days run was 175 miles in 24 hours, in a heavily loaded 31 footer. I made two trips from Hawaiii to BC in 23 days, mostly to windward in a heavily loaded 31 footer, lived aboard for decades. Last time I left Tonga at the same time as a 28 ft aluminiun Bob Perry design. I took 57 days to BC, he took 99 days. You wouldn't do much better in any heavily loaded 31 footer, with all that the owner owns aboard.
I saw a Beneteau hauled out, with 38 flimsy plastic thru hulls, which you could easily break out with a light kick, leaving an inch and a half hole in the boat, mostly below the waterline. Mine use welded in stainless pipe nipples . Beneteaus dont have any back up plates undee their stanchions. Mine are welded in, sch 40 pipe, 34 inches off the decks.
My boats dont rust out, as long as they follow the directions I give them. If they dont, then that is not my fault. Most don't tie to docks, one is enroute from Cape horn to the Aleutians, several are finishing circumnavigations and several are leisurely cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, while others are cruising full time in BC waters, unlike the expensive plastic boats ,which leave their owners so broke that they have to tie the boat to a dock and spend years earning the money to pay for them. Do they sail faster? Not if you include the time peope spend working to pay for them, then pay the moorage, insurance, repairs, sails maintenance etc. while the guy in the more affordable Brentboat is out cruising and making miles. The guy in the so called "fast boat" will never sail enough miles to make up for the time he has wasted at the dock..
If I spend the cost of a new mainsail, and it forces me to put off sailing for the winter, and the head start the difference would have given me, will I end up having covered more gound than if I had bought the slower used sail, and got a years head start? Not a chance!
One 36, cruising in company with a 35 ft Beneteau, leaving port at the same time, was always arriving at his destination way ahead of the Benny, despite being heavily loaded.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I arrived in Auckland with a battened mainsail, falling apart around the batten pockets.. Getting rid of the battens let me sail another 3,000 miles, in squally conditions , without popping a stitch. And you say I could have done the same without doing a thing to the falling apart sail, or eliminating that which was causing it to fall apart?