I agree about too much hype as well as backfiring.
I was really excited to have an opportunity to buy an AT when I was shopping 38' boats. I too heard how great they were on OSO.
The boat I was looking at ended up being DockmanRich's boat. I sea trialed the boat in some snotty water - the winds were 20 to 25 knots that day.. In "MY" opinion (and the opinions of other OSO/HRPA members), it did not live up to what I had read on OSO. Plus there were some other issues that made me uncomfortable.
From what I read on OSO; I was expecting impeccable build quality and a smooth solid ride in the rough.
I am in no way bashing AT. I think AT makes a beautiful boat and I too would be proud if I owned one.