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post #4 of Old 03-30-2003
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strange design question

I am not sure whether it is or not. John Holmes was or is an amazing man. His was one of these people who have interests in wide ranges of human knowledge and although soft-spoken seemed to be able to talk to almost any topic that came by him. He did design a number of really neat boats over the years. Until very recenmtly, I had always thought that Helms was a Florida boat builder and in the early 1970''s I thought I had met Helms and had toured his facilities in St. Pete or Clearwater, Florida while batting about looking at boatyards and boat builders. I was recently corrected that Helms was apparently not located in Florida, so I am not sure who I had met and spoken with. Still, it would not surprise me to find out that Holmes had designed boats for Helms or that Helms had started in Florida, but it would be pure speculation for me to say otherwise.

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