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Everything posted by TwoLegged

  1. I assumed that you were just in a snippy mood or having a bad day, but sadly that response shows that my good faith assumption was misplaced. Instead of taking the opportunity to play nice, you chose to respond as a viciously nasty and misogynist piece of work who uses vile personal attack in discussion. Thanks for showing your true colours ... and welcome to my ignore list.
  2. I don't think that the problem is lack of education. Lots of very smart, highly-educated people make very bad decisions on their own behalf and professionally. Just look at public policy in any country for glaring examples, or look at the lists of corporate failures through bad decisions. The issue is more a matter of how people approach decisions -- and the answer is that they do it much less rationally than they believe.
  3. I very rarely do downvotes, but that inversion of my view deserves as a downvote.
  4. Of course, they aren't angels. My point is simply that Toyota doesn't always slam the shutter down once the warranty has expired, which is why it has a much better reputation than most manufacturers.
  5. Fair enough, Bob. And an eloquent reminder or how much art accompanies the science of design. Thank you.
  6. Two big misconceptions here. I dunno about the UA, but in European law, the consumer has statutory rights independent of any warranty. The warranty may add to those rights, but it cannot limit them. So a significant defect may still be actionable even after the warranty has expired. Toyota is famous for looking after its customers even after the warranty has expired. If there's an item which shouldn't have failed, and the vehicle has been properly serviced within the Toyota dealer network, they usually at least help with repair costs. Other manufacturers may leave you on your
  7. That's my honest reaction to watching a few of his videos. You may have a different reaction.
  8. I am sure you are right that a rigorous analysis could find much better ways. But even if they weren't willing to submit to such a root-and-branch review, I am pretty sure that they could fix the fundamentals without huge extra cost. If they focused on just adding much stronger bulkheads, made from rigorously engineered composite and installed with proper tabbing etc and tweaked the rest of the accommodation to make the structure accessible ... they could probably add only a few thousand to the cost of each boat, which is less than 1% of the total boat cost. However it seems to me t
  9. Your mode of communication is well-optimised to creating drama. If that's not your goal, then a different point of sail would be advisable. As "making sure folks have a view to the truth", that statement remind me of this very sarcastic essay on Wikipedia's internal pages: The Truth.
  10. That's not far off what 1960s to 1980s boats have been capable of. But back then, boats were bought by private buyers, who can rarely afford disposable vessels. Nowadays, a big chink of sales go to charter fleets, whose business model doesn't require longevity. That is driving the mass producers. A similar thing used to exist in the European car market. A huge proportion of the UK market was for company cars, which many mid-ranking employees got as a perk. Those vehicles only needed to last two or three years until they were sold on, and having been bought with a big fleet discou
  11. Ruminator, for someone quite new to CA, you are showing a remarkable determination to insult people. Probably not the best way to enter any group.
  12. Last time I was at a boat, the first boat we looked at was a Pogo 30. The owner and makers were very happy for us to poke everywhere, tho mot of the structure was exposed. It was all v well-engineered. Next boat was a new model from a well-known American family business, but built in France. Nearly everywhere we looked, there were glaring problems, and the saleswoman began to get worried at our glances at each other's furrowed brows. When we lifted the floorboards to inspect the keel attachment, and gasped in horror, the saleswoman went looked panicked. So I smiled reassuringly and s
  13. That's kinda switching your stance from the post I was replying to, where you said it was smart business to make short-life products. My point is that Toyotas have longer life than their mass-market competitors, and thrive on it. Sure, there's point where high mileage becomes a deterrent, but that number is higher on Toyotas.
  14. Yeah, that's why Toyota went broke and vanished decades ago. Their cars lasted way too long. Meanwhile, British Leyland are thriving as producers of short-life vehicles.
  15. Don't let the arrow strike too close. Thanks for clarifying that malice was intended.
  16. I get the robust-look thing. This boat is not some spirit-of-tradition varnish queen. But why the very sharp top aft corner to the rudder head? My non-expert eye would have though that a wee bit of a radius would fit in better.
  17. Precisely zero. And given what we have seen of their structural quality, I pray that my number of miles in a Lagoon Cat will remain precisely zero. I have seen better ways of conveying lack of malice than that question ...
  18. Yeah, but if you are buying new at sort of price, you should get a surveyor to supervise the build. And if you buy used with no ability to check the structure ... i have a bridge to sell you.
  19. Pad eye? Luxury! 4' tether? Luxury! My parents tied me to the mast on our cat-rigged boat, with a very short scope. Their side of the story was that I used to shout "let's all jump in the sea"; my side is that they lacked a sense of of irony, since in those day we sailed on a lake. A neutral observer would note that given the rest of my conduct at the time, I probably would have jumped overboard for the hell of it ... but luckily there were no neutral observers, so I can still stand up my story. Also, in those days I had no lifejacket, 'cos toddler lifejackets were not a thing in
  20. Indeed. But I am not sure how much the CE rating actually effects build quality. It's mostly about specifying design criteria in such a way as to favour big builders who can afford the huge costs of the paperwork. Classic regulatory capture. Before dropping €500,000 or more on one of these things, surely a sane buyer would seek some independent advice on the structural quality?
  21. It seems to me that boats like Lagoon are built for a purpose: a few years on a charter fleet in the Caribbean. They will get minor bumps and have their gear abused, but they will mostly be party boats with the occasional day sail between islands. So they don't get heavily stressed, and their construction is adequate for that use. The charter fleets want to offload the boats as soon as the interior loses its lustre and the systems need a lot of TLC. And that's as long as the boats need to last. Then some mugs buy these boats to cross oceans ... and lo-and-behold, a boat built for
  22. In the 1970s/80s Wauquiez boats, quality was much close to Swan than to the mass-market boats.
  23. Pah. Who needs floating when you got a shrubbery in the cockpit?
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