No Brent, you don't. To wit...look at your designs for the roller furling, the windlass, the blocks, the companionway hatch.
If you think these are aesthetically high value...you're seriously doing it all wrong.
You place the highest value on pure function. Form is not even on your radar.
Now, this is perfectly fine. It's your thing. But, please, for the love of monkeys, stick with the facts. You only make yourself look very silly when you try to be all things.
Brent, the point is, why were your clients experiencing such bad weather helm in the first place? Have you designed a very heavy boat that can only handle a very inefficient sail? Is that good sailboat design?
It blows my mind that you have the arrogance to criticize another designer's boats on aesthetic grounds and "use of yachtie absurdities". Have you ever considered that the "workboat priority" steeler arriving in NZ looks just as did when it left port because, maybe, it looked pretty damn skanky when it left port in the first place?
Your grip on reality is tenuous at best.
This is the problem with this thread. "Less efficient" is "good enough". That's not a "dream" - that's a fear of going to sleep. There's no way to advance design or technology when this mindset is the detente.
Aesthetically pleasing is different for those who buy whatever consumerism is trying to sell them , from those who do their own thinking. Have you ever seen any of my boats, or are you like the biblical "Adam", who named all the animals and praised the beauty of the Garden of Eden, while he was blind?
There is no way to advance design or technology by clinging as desperately to tradition and consumerism as you do, and opposing any questioning of the super expensive, time consuming and bankrupting ways of designing and building boats, which have put cruising beyond the means of so many.
Smackdaddy has been critical on other sites of anyone who challenges the notion that only the rich should be allowed to own good boats and cruise freely. On other sites, he has stated that he considers it "immoral " for anyone who doesn't have a lot of money, to find less expensive ways of going cruising ,and doing so before acumulating a lot of money. He promotes the notion that we should all be morally obliged to live cookie cutter, urban lives, and squander the worlds resources as quickly as possible.
I get much satisfaction in helping low income cruisers get cruising in boats they could never afford otherwise, better boats than the rich are sailing around in, boats which drastically reduce the risk to them and their children from colliding with Fukashima debris in the night. I would get no satisfaction from further enhancing the advantages of the rich.
Friends who spent a winter cruising French Polynesia said in the whole winter they never met anyone with an anchor winch which still worked. They were a mix of bronze gypsy on a stainless shaft with an aluminiun drum on the opposite side with mild steel keys, to be used on galvanized chain, something Eric Hiscock described with the term "Yachtie absurdities". Mine are open, all stainless. You can see every part, any time, no surprises, they simply dont fail.
My furler is covered by the sail so whats to see. They have fewer moving parts than a set of sail hanks. They dont fail either. My hatch design is far easier to get in any out of than the complex abortion which is the sliding hatch, and it is as waterproof as the lid on a pressure cooker, unlike the primitive, leaky tiki arrangement of a sliding hatch and drop boards. Unlike asliding hatch and dropboards you dont have to dissasmeble and reassemble anything when climbing in and out of my hatch in bad weather. That is why round the world racers abandoned sliding hatches long ago. All use waterproof doors. Would you buy a house with a sliding hatch and dropboards, because you consider it "Aesthetically pleasing"? Would anyone?
Efficiency is relative to what you are trying to accomplish. If your goal is a quarter knot of extra speed, at the expense of seaworthiness, reliability, easy of handling( safety) and longevity, then you have a different set of parameters from someone who's goal was strength, reliability, ease of handling( safety) and longevity.
When I saw a huge gold plater pass me, I thought" For what he is trying to accomplish , speed at all costs, his boat is far more efficent than mine. For what I am trying to accomplish, comfort, safety, affordability, the ability to cruise full time on a tiny budget, a boat that lets me cruise full time without huge expenses forcing me on the treadmill so many get sucked into, making reasonable passage times, my boat , my third, each an improvement over the last, over 40 years of hands on experience, my boat is light yearss more efficient for what its purpose is, than that one could ever be.