|FROM A V388 BUILDER WHO VISITED ANOTHER
Hi Bruce, I got down to visit Myron Fox about 10 days ago and saw this project. We
visited for about 5 hours and I learned lots. Mostly it just gave me confidence that
an average guy with patience and some common sense can do just fine. A worthwhile
visit. Hal Whitacre in your Annapolis office has also been very good at answering
some of my amateur Q's. Thanks, Rob Skelly.
May 18, 2003
I really should have dropped you a line years ago about this but, I am
sorry, I just didn't think of it until now. In 1974 I met you at a boat show in Houston,
Texas where I purchased a set of boat plans for your Offshore 44 design. In 1983, after
many years of hard work and saving every penny, I launched the boat. In March
of 1986, having outfitted the boat and sailed around in Galveston Bay for a few years, I
left to go cruising. During the next almost 5 years I sailed to central America,
across the Pacific, along Southeast Asia, up the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal,
through the Mediterranean Sea and across the Atlantic back to the USA. The
circumnavigation was done mostly as a single-hander except for my Dachshund, Hilda.
The boat performed splendidly; very forgiving to someone who, until I
left Galveston, had never sailed on the ocean. I rigged it as a cutter which tracked
well and which I could balance under all but the worst conditions. I rarely had to
steer, relying on a Monitor wind vane rig for this. I rarely saw another boat I
envied over the one I had. The only thing I would have changed was to have a
slightly taller rig. That trip was and remains the greatest adventure of my
I am back to the regular life of a 9-5 job living in Atlanta,
Georgia. USA. I have written part of a book from my experiences which I should
finish someday but even if I don't I have a rich set of memories. Like, I think,
most people, if you ask me what I was doing this time 2 years ago I might be hard pressed
to tell you. Conversely, I can recall any part of my yacht journey to the month or
week. I am grateful that I had the luck to pull it off and see the world and meet
its people as a traveler rather than as a tourist. Thanks for designing a fine
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