Originally Posted by Brent Swain
You can see photos of my hatches, windlass, blocks , boats construction sequence, etc on the origamiboats site ( yahoo groups)
You can see Smackdaddy's condemnation of those who quit work to go cruising, on cruising.stuffiminto.com
Your refusal to provide even the scantest evidence to back up your claims really puzzles me. But, if you insist...I'll help you out...I'm just that kind of guy.
Your general premises are as follows:
1. You put a very high value on aesthetics.
2. Your boats are for the non-wealthy 99%.
3. Everything you do is superior to modern design and technology.
As for aesthetics:
(Wait - are those battens? WTH? Those idiots!)
Again, aesthetics are a very subjective thing. So I'll leave any conclusions to the great SN audience. But, personally, I would definitely not
put the aesthetics of the boats/gear above (or below) on par with any modern sailing yacht - or any modern piece of equipment.
But, more importantly, let's look at your central claim that you are the designer for the masses by looking at listings for some of your yachts:
1995 31' Swain
1995 Custom steel Brent Swain 31 sailboat for sale in Outside United States
1997 27' Swain Motorsailer
Harbour Yacht Sales Ltd.
2002 ??' Swain
?Dove IV? Brent Swain 2002--USED BOATS--skippers Houseboat
1986 37' Swain
Used Brent Swain 12m for Sale | Yachts For Sale | Yachthub
1998 36' Swain Cutter
1998 brent swain 36ft steel cutter brent swain 36ft steel cutter sailboat for sale in Outside United States
1996 37' Swain
1996 Swain 37 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
So, in a nutshell, between $30K-$40K for a sub-30' boat. And between $40k-$89K for a ~37' boat. That's kind of steep. How exactly is that serving the 99%? I definitely couldn't have gotten what I wanted in my budget with one of your boats.
So, aesthetics and "affordability" seem to be questionable.
As for the technology issues, I'll leave it to you to look through the equipment lists on these boats to determine how many of your clients eschew the "yachtie absurdities" of technology and convenience.
What should we look at next?
(PS - As for the things you said I said on stuff - what the hell are you talking about? My telling Sully he should sell his kit and buy a smaller boat so that HE CAN ACTUALLY GO SAILING instead of putting another 3-5 years and tens/hundreds of thousands into a build that's not going to have great results? Sorry dude. Try again.)