Many people want to focus on the newest, hottest idea on the market and throw historical knowledge to the wind. There's definitely a place for progress, but some tried and true ideas are timeless.
Yes, there are good boat designs out there and some not so
good, but Sparkman and Stephens have consistently gotten it right over the
years and have designed some of the best boats in the world! It's a lengthy
read, but anyone interested in boat design, building or rebuilding stands to
learn a great deal from Roderick Stephens' unpublished book Rod on Sailing, Lessons from the Sea.