I’ve been watching since the beginning. Doug is definitely clever in a lot of ways and does a lot of thinking and research in trying to get this thing built. That said, there is a fair amount of hubris on display as he goes along. The fact that he has made it as far as he has, and is in some sense a celebrity, seems to cause him to take a “I know better” approach which often flies in the face of centuries of accumulated knowledge. He has a disdain for anything considered yachty, so any suggestions that have a whiff of yacht, he figures is BS. I emailed him a while back about all of the spiky steel dragons that he has at head height down below. These are the creation of a guy who has never ever been offshore or even in a boat for any real length of time. I think we can all figure out what is going to happen with his Home Depot pilot house windows. The weight issue was mentioned above, and this is another glaring example of his hubris. On the one hand Doug is happy to run a bunch of insightful experiments to sort out a way forward, but he’s then also happy to just wing it when it comes to weight and stability. At this point, that old bus motor of his is probably half as large as as it needs to be....he’ll he using that a lot more than the uhh sails!
The most impressive thing about Doug and Seeker is how it will basically get completed with free labor. Once he got a divorce and worked out the free labor model, all of a sudden the boat started to looking it might actually get finished. This is the one thing I truly admire about Doug....he’s a modern day marine cult leader.
As far as that prank goes, I think it was in poor taste. Hopefully he won’t be calling any fake MayDays once he gets on the water. He’ll definitely get a bump in views for those videos though.