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.)
Thanks for posting these pictures. They clearly show the fairness you get with origami construction . None of hese bOats use any filler of any kind to achieve such fairness.
The first boat the Nuthin Wong was a one off. When I was selling my last boat back in the mid 80s the owner of the Wong wanted a hull of that shape. I promised him 100 houirs of work if he could find me a buyer. He showdd me the shape he wanted and I helped him and a friend pull her together. She is of an old classic Chinese design , not my design. She is an example of the extreme toughness of origami construction. She pounded on a solid rock reef in big seas for many days in the Balerics with zero dammage. you cna read abou tit in his book"No Fixed Adress By Clive Hamman. She has just survives 4 1/2 months pounding on a coral reef in Panama, again with zero damage to the hull. She is for sale.
The one in the second photo cruises BS waters every summer. I didnt design the winnabago wheelhouse. That ws the owners idea. I didnt build that one. She suffered zero dammage hitting the reef she is on.
The 4th photo is Dove 11 built especially for a single season passage thru the NW passage, which she completed with zero hull dammage despite some solid hull speed collisions with icebergs. That was Winston Bushnells second boat of my design, the first, a 36 , he did a Pacific circumnaigation, via the Marshal Islands , Carolines, Japan and the Aleutiians. T eon ebelow it is his third anothe rof my 36 footers which is for sale in Nanaimo. His daughter has one of my 26 footers ,modified to 27 ft, which is definitely not for sale.
Ullr was a good boat when she left BC. In Tonga I met a Kiwi kid who said she had been taken over by a halfwit who had built a massively heavy wheelhouse on her, a massively heavy diesel tank welded to the outside of the transom and modified the leading edge of the keel in a way which would give her a heavy weather helm, All done without contacting me in any way. This crap could all be easily cut off, and she could easily be returned to being the boat I designed.
That anchor winch by the mast was definitley not my idea.
The way my boats become available for low income cruisers is they build them themselves , using borrowed tools and used equipement from other cheap or free boats. They cut the cost of the boat in half by pay as you go eliminating bank interest. When I started my current 31 footer in 1984 I had $4,000. When I launched her a month later I had $40, but after that she was costing me nothing, and I could finish her as mony allowed. It cost me antoher $2,000 to get her sailng and liveable. When I moved aboard she was bare foam and bare plywood, and I finished her while living aboard, eliminating rent and other land living costs. I could build her as free building materials showed up. Meanwhile I was cruising and enjoying my freedom, no problems.
Someone who has gone to all that trouble expects to be paid for all the work he has saved the next owner, and deserves to be paid for it..