I'm not the sort of person to get in the way of people's dreams. To many, my dreams probably look just as crazy (although I hope other sailors would understand!). However, the problem as I see it is that the scale of Hot Rod's dreams, and the ineptitude with which he pursues them, has already and probably will continue to result in environmental and financial impacts which affect others. Such as...
a) the use of several tonnes of good timber in a way which will almost certainly be a total waste;
b) the (probable) dumping of large amounts of scrap fibreglass in to the sea, which is unbiodegradable;
c) the dumping of several tonnes of epoxy-soaked wood in to the sea, which will contribute a lot of microplastic pollution as it breaks down;
d) the permanent loss of several hundred kilos of metals such as steel
and aluminium, which are finite resources and have substantial environmental impacts associated with their production;
e) the costs to rescue
Hot Rod and his merry crew from the shipwreck
f) the costs to try to clean up the debris;
g) the risk of increased regulation on sailing because of our communal failure to self-govern and avert accidents in the making like this because of 'personal freedom'.
We might forgive Hot Rod all this if he was just a really nice sort of person. Unfortunately, he is a compulsive liar with a total contempt for the advice of people more competent than he is.
He spent $25k on his dream in a way which will never allow it to be realised. For that money, he could have bought, say, a Westsail 32 and have been living his dream somewhere tropical months ago. But he wouldn't listen!
Because of the wider impacts of his actions on others, a lot of people feel we have a right to having a good laugh at him as he slowly trudges towards disaster. What's so wrong about that?