And think of the designer's position. You designed a series of revolutionary boats more than a quarter century ago and you made a little money
. Now that some of the boats that were built have lost
a lot of their value, stupid dreamers with $5.00 and a bad idea write you every week, maybe even every day, asking if it's OK if they redesign your boat to make it exactly the opposite of what you intended.
Most of them will never own a boat.
Most of them have never built a thing.
Most of them won't ever even finish the project
even if they do get a boat.
Many of them won't leave the sight of land even if they did manage to both start and finish the thing.
You know all of this, as the designer
who's been dealing with idiots full of the same bad ideas as the last idiot over the last 1/4 century.
At some point you might grow just a teeny bit lax in giving our recommendations, over and over, without anything coming of most of them.
That however, is unlikely. What is more likely is that the new(er) owner talked to the designer and then went ahead and did whatever he liked against the designer's recommendations and then has gone around spewing that they were all approved just because he actually got a couple of email
replies from the poor dude trying to enjoy his retirement