Is that you Doug?
Interesting thread for a first post... Are you Doug or a fanboi?
Started watching the guy when he finally got Seeker launched and was routing for him, impressed with his perseverance.
I don't think people here hate him, but the things in front of you are just so stupid and you can't tell the guy - hey, watch out, this might cause problems. So bystanders are restricted to just watch this insanity unfold.
Gradually I got annoyed by him lecturing, especially given that he has no background in engineering, naval architecture or sailing.
And then I noticed that he might not be such a nice guy after all: there are comments here in this thread that go like "... X is only done by weak men who were raised by their mother who was a woman". I thought that was a meme invented here. But no, I eventually read FB posts of him with unmistakably misogynist content. That didn't go down well given that my mother died a few months ago, she was a central figure in my family.
I also witnessed his thin skin 1st hand: I asked something like "... were you able to find the cause of problem X?" on his FB group, and he deleted the post and kicked me out.
I found myself watching Dr. Les Carter's, and a few other author's youtube videos pertaining to narcissism after seeing the label put to this wannabe. Sure fits. I've reflected on some disturbing go-arounds I've had with one individual in my life the past couple of years, and he too fits the pattern. I am pleased to report I no longer have to deal with him as he removed himself from my whereabouts when he discovered I had obtained a written copy of the criminal complaint regarding an incident he was lying about. The cunts apparently tend to eventually self-destruct. If Dugh stays on the move and constantly refreshes his acquantainces he may prolong the process quite a while.Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
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People misunderstand the term, often associating it entirely with grandiosity, which is only one trait, that may or may not be present.
(From a mental health website)
"The word narcissism gets tossed around a lot in our selfie-obsessed, celebrity-driven culture, often to describe someone who seems excessively vain or full of themselves. But in psychological terms, narcissism doesn't mean self-love—at least not of a genuine sort. It's more accurate to say that people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are in love with an idealized, grandiose image of themselves.
And they're in love with this inflated self-image precisely because it allows them to avoid deep feelings of insecurity. But propping up their delusions of grandeur takes a lot of work—and that's where the dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors come in.
Narcissistic personality disorder involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration.
Others often describe people with NPD as cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding. This way of thinking and behaving surfaces in every area of the narcissist's life: from work and friendships to family and love relationships.
People with narcissistic personality disorder are extremely resistant to changing their behavior, even when it's causing them problems. Their tendency is to turn the blame on to others. What's more, they are extremely sensitive and react badly to even the slightest criticisms, disagreements, or perceived slights, which they view as personal attacks."
Hmm, sound familiar?
I've met a few of these cunts in my life - everyone has - once you recognise the pathology, you can set your clock by them. Utterly predictable, like robots. Avoid and certainly don't react in an emotional way to them if you are around them.
Yeah. Marine electronics is expensive for a reason. I'm in engineering, and usually I refrain from reinventing something that is designed and manufactured by a reputable marine company. Just looking into how much design and testing effort goes into solving corrosion, sealing, UV damage, etc. issues I usually don't qualify myself for being able to do it cheaper or even just doing it better. Of course there are a lot of shit out there, there is always market for cheap crap.To be fair, many boats are hell holes into which people pour at least some money and some stupidity. As for electrics, things have got better the last few years, but much of the marine stuff is still a bit shit and very expensive. Not that I would advocate a rush to try and make stuff, I think the better route is keep it simple and ignore some of the fancier stuff that does not add much benefit. with electrics, I prefer big switches and simplified wiring to all those small switches linked to relays.
Yeah. Marine electronics is expensive for a reason. I'm in engineering, and usually I refrain from reinventing something that is designed and manufactured by a reputable marine company. Just looking into how much design and testing effort goes into solving corrosion, sealing, UV damage, etc. issues I usually don't qualify myself for being able to do it cheaper or even just doing it better. Of course there are a lot of shit out there, there is always market for cheap crap.
I wholeheartedly agree, in a marine environment, simple means robust and robust means it will save your life sometime. There is a video out htere on youtube in which Skip Novak describes his Pelagic boats and explains why he keeps everything as simple and reliable as possible. There is some contrast to Seeker.