A message from the Original Poster:
Just thought I'd check in one last time(for a while) and thank the guys with serious questions which I've tried to answer. To the people like "BB" and "Chris O" and a few others who try to talk authoritatively about things they don't understand: your disgusting personal attacks, uninformed comments and incredible lack of experience in sailboat design may have temporarily derailed this thread. But I'm here to make a promise that I will try real hard to keep: when the Crossbow fl sails I will start a thread specifically to recall the assinine comments by the two above as well as by a few others.
I very much thank those who asked reasonable, well thought out questions-I appreciate it! The boatdesign.net thread will be a sort of "blog" on the progress after I complete the High Performance trimaran test model. You are welcome to come there and ask questions or PM me here. If you come there, leave the personal attacks and BS behind-it is simply not tolerated.
Oh, and some might want to see the kick in the ass "BB" got over in the "Foiled Mini thread"---he couldn't believe that Hugh Welbourn, inventor of DSS backed me up! So funny given his tendency to pre-judge people and make up facts!
I'm not leaving SA or DA just this particular thread for what I hope will be a little while-while I finish the SRT and pull out all the stops to raise the money to build Crossbow fl.
Crossbow fl- http://www.boatdesig...fl-43615-8.html
Self-Righting High Performance Trimaran_ http://www.boatdesig...l-36058-26.html (long thread-start at the end)
Just this morning, over on bd.net, one of the extremely credible engineer qualified guys had this to say about your efforts on that model boat project in which you have been engaged for, going on two years now and have documented to the point of excess...
Originally Posted by basil
What!!!! this is not about self righting? We've waited months - read thousands of mainly unnecessary words (some 300 posts) and ongoing excuses for the delay and now you say this all about foils - Come on Mr. Lord when are we going to see your self righting trimaran???
Basil, give Doug a break. Anyone who has taken on a project like this knows the path is longer than expected, it takes you places you never planned and it costs more than you ever imagined.
Besides, the problem here is a simple typo, not quiet de-prioritization of the major feature advertised and promoted. And it isn't even a misspelled typo - it sounds exactly the same.
The thread should be labeled "High Performance Self-Writing Trimaran: The Test Model" and when you take that into consideration the project is already an amazing success. I don't know about your expectations, but there certainly has been a shipload of high performance trimaran writing produced ahead of schedule.
So, you see, Doug, it isn't just me, or BB, or any of several dozen guys here on SA who have found reason to poke at you over these past many years. It's a fairly large group of folks doing so and in that, there is a message that you choose to ignore. I would agree with you that some of my posts, as well as those of others, have been rougher than they should have been and for that I do apologize. The message, however, remains, my friend... and you are ignoring it.
When one brings their "design work" to these pages, there is no policy here that we have to find your stuff charming and invigorating. We look at the stuff, decide what works and doesn't from our various perspectives and insert the comments appropriately. That's what it's like in business and design schools, as well. One of our members here works for a polymer company where this statement is listed in their company principles: An organization that fails to be self critical is condemned to stagnation first and eventually to decline.
I take this to be a statement of fact regarding critical analysis in design work and truthfully, none of us here have seen very much of that from you. How do you expect us to be participants when you continue to offer-up the same old stuff and never consider the comments? More than that; why are you doing this? There are folks here with incredible amounts of practical sailing experience and topic specific educations that can help you and you do not listen. Wouldn't you learn more if you, at least, opened your mind to the possibilities, rather than seal them off? If you don't want our participation in your design work, then why do you bring it here? Wouldn't it be a lot less frustrating to simply draw it, build it and test it all alone and then show it when it works... if it does work?
We'd like to be helpful, Doug, but right now, it's pretty much a given that you aren't going to listen. So, what's the real purpose?