Originally Posted by Johnathon123
I never trust anything that comes from only one source.
If I read the same information from at least 3 sources, I begin to think it may have half a grain of truth.
Have still been burnt but less often than some people.
That's a reasonable approach. Take the three-year drama of Rocna
anchors, for instance. At first, I sensed mere disgruntlement at some of the advocates of the design. Then came a number of fairly nasty allegations, followed by independent testing.
At this stage, I feel I have enough information to clearly decide for myself as to the suitability of a particular piece of safety gear
aboard our boat.
Given that the choice in this case is "holding fast or on the rocks", I don't begrudge the hours spent reading (and posting
in) a sometimes rancorous debate. Gradually, a consensus view has emerged, and I feel that the higher standard of information I require for critical boat gear
Certainly, a byproduct of chasing down personal opinions, "credit where it's due" accolades, and various points of engineering interest have been educational, and that price
is such a moving target as to be nearly irrelevant in the greater scheme. The right thing to buy, once discovered, for one's boat is just that, and if you can justify it, you buy it. If you can't, you try to get the best "second-tier" product you can afford.