Never said it was a win...the boat clearly has lots and lots of issues. But all boats have issues.
You have to admit that he has given a lot of pleasure and entertainment to a lot of old men - some directly and some vicariously.
There has been a lot of vituperous glee showing through the surface on some of the posts aboveand on Reddit.
So far no-one has been hurt.... yet. Although dougie did his inadvisable explosion stunt.
Tallyho man is now missing a finger I seem to remember..... Dougie and all his helpers still have the full quota.
The boat sails, it has not sunk, it has not flipped.
So far so good is all I am saying and he has regularly confounded his most ardent critics.
I quite understand that he has been offered advice and has chosen not to take it. My youtube comments are full of advice - some is good but most of it is complete pants.
There is nothing wrong with four knots - that is a good speed for me and my boats... although cunning use of our 20 foot tides and the flows they produce gives me six knots at times. If you want to go faster on the water then buy a cat, jetski or a power boat.
Sailing for most people is not about speed.
Still no humble pie
I have had my say and will retreat to PA now before some of you turn your ire on me
Leo lost 1/2" of his middle finger and I'll bet most of that has grown back (finger tips regrow on most people under 40)
I think you are misidentifying the rub. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone ignores suggestions from the youtube comments (in fact you couldn't not do that because people in comments have conflicting suggestions frequently) and everyone has trolls who roll in to cause havoc. Doug has more critics than everyone else because of his shitty toxic self important attitude. There is a reason that Doug's family won't talk to him and it's not that he didn't build a boat with enough righting moment. When he faked a serious injury and followed it up by castigating people for being concerned about him that pretty much cemented his problems with critics.
His whole attitude about safety at sea is toxic, brushing off concerns about doing risky things because the coast guard should get to choose whether they rescue him? The guy hasn't got a life raft on his boat, has three large non-watertight hatches leading down into the hull of his boat and open freeing ports in the bottom of his deckhouse but he has epirbs and radio beacons and every way to call for help, and a towboat US membership. He's not self reliant, he is geared up to rely on others risking their lives to save him.
Plus he keeps filing false DMCA takedowns to silence critics.