So Mark C, perhaps, rather than slinging mud, you'd actually care to make valid comments regarding the Stevenson designs? Otherwise your remarks are worthless. The way your statement reads to me, you have nothing concrete to say and are just trying to stir a hornets nest. Have you ever even sailed one of these boats?
I recently launched my Weekender and have sailed it every weekend since. Last weekend we had 5 adults on board and had a great time with no threat of the boat sinking or any other problems.
While it may not be built using conventional or traditional boat building methods, the Weekender and its siblings are safe and usable boats. They look great and are certainly an inexpensive way to get on the water. Even with all the mahogany, harken hardware, trailer, sails and everything, I have less than $2700 invested. The boat gets lots of positive attention at the boat ramp. I enjoyed building it and it's fun to sail.
The last part is what it's all about. Fun.
Mark, you can be a snob if you want and turn your nose up at the boats the Stevenson's designed but keep it to yourself.
"Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin' and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests." David McKenzie