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Fuck that guy.  I stopped watching the moment he faked a serious brain injury and then couldn’t figure out why people thought that was a dick move.   He’s going to need some help when he has a real head injury bashing his head on one of the many dumb sharp steel dragons he has all over the interior at head height.  

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4 hours ago, eliboat said:

Fuck that guy.  I stopped watching the moment he faked a serious brain injury

I don't know why people think it was faked.

Seems apparent he has suffered one - maybe not that time but sometime.

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7 hours ago, blunderfull said:

Time for a new thread as we’re less than 6 months from launch.

Cameo appearances from Mutt & Jeff.

Go Doug.

 

Why are you still giving this asshole money?

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10 hours ago, eliboat said:

Fuck that guy.  I stopped watching the moment he faked a serious brain injury and then couldn’t figure out why people thought that was a dick move.   He’s going to need some help when he has a real head injury bashing his head on one of the many dumb sharp steel dragons he has all over the interior at head height.  

This. While I admire quite a bit of what he's done and his off the wall approaches to some problems, what he did there was too much for me. I'll never watch his stuff or support him in any way.

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He is an ahole+ who deserves nothing. Launch the boat and take off over the horizon. Faking TBI is a terrible stunt.
 

 

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He's building a farm piece of equipment that will go to sea. 

I think his idea of "free research vessel" that is leased to a 501(c) corp would never pass muster with USCG or with universities seeking a research vessel.

If you're offering time on a boat, you would hope the university would do it's due diligence and say "Is this a USCG inspected passenger vessel?" Otherwise it's a private yacht.

 

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2 hours ago, Zonker said:

He's building a farm piece of equipment that will go to sea. 

 

 

If this douche bag came into an anchorage I was in I’d leave just as soon as I could. 

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6 hours ago, Zonker said:

He's building a farm piece of equipment that will go to sea.

Possibly only briefly....

I'd have nothing at all to do with him or his vessel. Fortunately he's never likely to get to Australia.

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I get the noise about what his personality & style does to many folks.   For myself I find his chops with a welding torch are what keep me interested.   Currently working to get up to speed in a welding/machine shop, it’s very useful for me to watch him and his guests sort problems out with alum and light steel.  
 

The Seeker itself?   It’s nothing I’d want to sail right out of the box.  Too much to sort out.  The sails and rigging are fantasies he’s seen in Hong Kong perhaps.  Too heavy.   I doubt he’ll venture too far w/o pro captains aboard anyways. He’s too sharp to piss this all away in a typhoon.

I picture him becoming a usefull resource for the low-midrange sorts who sail the Pacific.  Like Nike’s (White Spot on YTube) friend Maria in Panama.  Maria does laidback charter cruises & fixes boat gear.  Full welding/machine shop afloat.   Handy to know people like her around the islands.
 

Doug’s prolly going to do same - find a nice area (Panama -Pacific side?) , drop anchor and enjoy the life.  Help people out and do things his way.   
 

You know the type?

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On 5/4/2021 at 3:16 PM, Al Paca said:

If this douche bag came into an anchorage I was in I’d leave just as soon as I could. 

Agree, it's an accident waiting to happen, and as mariners we are duty bound to render assistance if we're in the vicinity. Dont get too close or the superstructure and rig right out of "Shogun" will take you out when it invariably rolls

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On 5/5/2021 at 4:17 AM, blunderfull said:

 

Doug’s prolly going to do same - find a nice area (Panama -Pacific side?) , drop anchor and enjoy the life.  Help people out and do things his way.   
 

You know the type?

He would probably fit right in anchored in Linton Bay.

The at sea service boats rarely do well as they don't take into account the extreme difference in economy's and the fact that taking locals jobs working under the table or illegally chartering is not met with open arms.  There are some who give their time away for free and there are many relief organizations desperate for any help or vessels; a friend helped out Doctors without borders for a while taking them on his boat to remote villages. However he is a Brazilian and most I have met would give you the shirt off their back without a second thought.  That is not the vibe I got from the Seeker guy.

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He's going have to find out a way keep his grifting lifestyle working while he is afloat.  Cruising can be done on the cheap but it still costs money and no way that monstrosity is going to be on the cheap!

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4 hours ago, zenmasterfred said:

He's going have to find out a way keep his grifting lifestyle working while he is afloat.  Cruising can be done on the cheap but it still costs money and no way that monstrosity is going to be on the cheap!

Wonder how many litres of antifoul it takes to cover the hull?

Still, he might only have to do it once.

FKT

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8 hours ago, Fah Kiew Tu said:

Wonder how many litres of antifoul it takes to cover the hull?

Still, he might only have to do it once.

FKT

He may as well do the topsides and deck with antifouling paint while he's at it.

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I've previously posted that his idea of internal frames are a joke. They have lightening holes that make the frame 70% air... i.e. not worth welding them on.

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3 hours ago, sean9c said:

I'm surprised that the Brent Swain Origami hull hasn't lit up a bunch of folks here.

 

We've done that one to death a while back.

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I wasn't aware of this build before. Fascinating stuff. Is he really financing the whole deal from YouTube donors?

If there is actually money to be made this way, I'd like to announce my project. Please donate generously.

To draw in the suckers, it has to be Green and weird. So I'll be building a Polynesian-tribal-style catamaran, using sustainable organic materials. Composite construction featuring compressed coconut coir as a core, laminated with hemp and bamboo cloth using organic resins.

To look cool and save money, it'll have two (or more...) crab-claw rigs on each hull, made of driftwood, bamboo and old sugar sacks. DIY solar panels and electric motor.

To postpone the launch date as much as possible, there will be months of videos showing unnecessarily complicated bits of fitout being bodged together from scrap, then failing and being re-thought. The DIY solar and electrical propulsion should be good for a full 12 months.

A few mental and health crises to raise the emotional investment level of the repeat donors.

Finally a devastating fire, no insurance. The bereft blogger decides he needs a motorhome instead, and the donations flood in.

 

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29 minutes ago, Happy said:

I wasn't aware of this build before. Fascinating stuff. Is he really financing the whole deal from YouTube donors?

If there is actually money to be made this way, I'd like to announce my project. Please donate generously.

To draw in the suckers, it has to be Green and weird. So I'll be building a Polynesian-tribal-style catamaran, using sustainable organic materials. Composite construction featuring compressed coconut coir as a core, laminated with hemp and bamboo cloth using organic resins.

To look cool and save money, it'll have two (or more...) crab-claw rigs on each hull, made of driftwood, bamboo and old sugar sacks. DIY solar panels and electric motor.

To postpone the launch date as much as possible, there will be months of videos showing unnecessarily complicated bits of fitout being bodged together from scrap, then failing and being re-thought. The DIY solar and electrical propulsion should be good for a full 12 months.

A few mental and health crises to raise the emotional investment level of the repeat donors.

Finally a devastating fire, no insurance. The bereft blogger decides he needs a motorhome instead, and the donations flood in.

 

But....

Do you know how to light things so you can see what is being filmed, can you deal with wind noise, dust that gets into 2000 dollar cameras,  do you know how to edit videos and deal with data streams that come at you by the terabyte, and you have to post films every week.

I would say that he knows how to get an audience and how to keep it coming back..

He works hard for his money.

 

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2 hours ago, dylan winter said:

But....

Do you know how to light things so you can see what is being filmed, can you deal with wind noise, dust that gets into 2000 dollar cameras,  do you know how to edit videos and deal with data streams that come at you by the terabyte, and you have to post films every week.

I would say that he knows how to get an audience and how to keep it coming back..

He works hard for his money.

I think Doug is a first class dickhead but - he has a lot of talent in what he's doing. He's also capable of out of the box thinking and has managed to pull off stuff like the rebuild of the Hundested CPP using tooling that I'd frankly think inadequate.

So I think the boat 'design' is atrocious and his 'accident' stunt and total attitude over the blowback he got means I'll not watch or assist in any way but - he does have a lot of work ethic and ability.

I hope his boat doesn't turn turtle and works out reasonably well for him, in fact. But he's still a dickhead.

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11 hours ago, Zonker said:

I've previously posted that his idea of internal frames are a joke. They have lightening holes that make the frame 70% air... i.e. not worth welding them on.

I love the lightening holes!   Good to see there was at least one area where he appeared to be aware that all that material adds up.  Just prior to his fake head injury, he was trying to ascertain the current weight of the boat, and really didn’t seem to be too bothered by the details on that front.  No biggie. Not like displacement is something you really need to pay any attention to. 

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11 hours ago, Ishmael said:
11 hours ago, Fah Kiew Tu said:

We've done that one to death a while back.

FKT

Repeatedly.

and yet...

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