1376Hrs- Different Strokes
In tonight’s post I want to cover a few different subjects. Two positive one completely negative. First the negative:
RB Power & Sailing – Creed O’Hanlon – TIKI 38
Today I received this e-mail from RB Power & Sailing
We require you to remove all the commentaries somehow related to RB
Power & Sailing Co. ; Ltd. activity from your site .
Your behavior is causing a damage to RB corporation and if necessary we will
be obliged to file a case against you , in your own country .
Internet defamation against RB Power and Sailing Co. ; Ltd. is easily
demonstrated in your pages .
Please consult with your lawyer and please remove all negative commentaries
within 48 hours .
We hope not to be obliged to take You in Court for this , but we will certainly
do without an inmediate action , claiming all the damages that your behavior
is causing and already caused to the RB Corporation .
You probably don’t have a clear idea of what you are doing , and this is why
we ask you again to consult an attorney to get clarified about the gravity of
your behavior , and the huge expenses that you will have to face
My only response to this will be the words posted below
This website is centred around a very personal account of what is without doubt, the hardest thing I have ever attempted to do. I have made every effort to not only detail the work involved in building a Tiki 38, but to show the feelings and emotions that result from it. When I started the journal it was an entirely selfish enterprise however I have been both amazed and gratified that others have found my words to be of interest and value. This interest and support has helped me through times when I feared for my future. I now feel a sense of duty to repay that support by continuing to record not only the day to day activities but all the things that affect me and the build. None of this changes the fact that this is, in effect my personal journal. I’ve made clear before and I do so again now. All the views and opinions contained in the journal are my own. Readers are free to agree or disagree, accept or reject anything I say. My posts are open to free comment however this is my domain and I retain the right to delete any comments as I see fit.
I have no intention of letting this issue dominate my posts. The comments I’ve made on the subject will be remaining in my journal and, if further information comes to light that I deem to be of interest or value to my readers I will pass it on. In the meantime I will let others form their own judgements regarding the actions of RB to date.
On a much brighter note I’ve copied below the message I got last night from Adrian Hall.
The link to the forum is really quite frightening. A lot of heat but not much light, and such venom and hostility
I recently turned 50 and as way of celebration my wife and I took a break in Cornwall. We went to Wharram Designs and picked up Tiki 38 design plans #123!
It was nice to meet Ruth but James and Hanneke were busy in the Pacific Ocean somewhere (having a torid time by all accounts) We had a great chat with Liz, the office manager and generally put the world to rights. It was apparent that Wharram Designs have been deeply hurt by what amounts to cyber-bullying in various internet forums. They seem defenceless to anyone who wishes to impugn their reputation.
I have to put a cover on my build platform and then I will start building. I was going to set up an internet blog diary but now I’m not so sure. It seems that there is so much hostility and character assassination around that I am unsure whether to risk it.
I don’t claim to be anything but an aspiring amateur boatbuilder. I will stick to the plans, do as good a job as I can, and hope that I produce a boat worthy of the Wharram name. Now what is wrong with that?
Adrian, that is fantastic news! There must be an age thing going on here as I also purchased my plans as I approached 50! In answer to the question you pose in the last paragraph…. nothing! That’s exactly what I’m doing and. as I’ve said before, I believe it is the only true path to the real Wharram experience. I agree 100% that there are no winners when things degenerate into a slanging match but please don’t use the RB saga to judge the value of sharing our experiences, just look at the Wharram Builders and Friends site to see what can be gained. As for a blog, well apart from mine I’m sure you’ve seen the ones I link to and maybe some that I don’t, either way I think they add value to the whole building experience. I firmly believe that we amateur builders, building to plan in the way that JW intended, and telling the world how great the experience is, can counteract the negative effect of these rare but well publicised ‘professional’ build disasters. Whatever, many many congratulations on getting 123, getting cracking and one way or another please keep us posted on progress.
And finally Gleda!
Despite a heavy day at work I was keen to get to the barn and, for the first time in what seems like ages, make some progress. As the weather is dry and temperatures nearly in double figures, I decided to get cracking with some painting. I’m using the same epoxy primer that I used on the lower hulls to give a nice bright, durable, easily cleaned finish to the areas inside lockers, watertight compartments and unoccupied storage spaces like the port aft compartment. I made a good start with the initial roller applied coat and hope to get it all finished over the next few nights. It’s great to be able to see some changes again!