The Fortune 30 project started when Bob Fortune came to Jay Benford for a design. I know, I worked for Jay at the time and we were in the same room. Jay took the lines of a 20' Wittholz catboat and blew them up, literally, to 30, changed the bow and called it his own. I was just a kid, probably 20 or 21 years old but even then I thoght that was a weird way to do a "new" design.
I quit working for Jay so I can only speculate on what happened after I left but I would imagine that Bob and Jay had some falling out over the project and Bob went to Stan to take over the design work. Stan was a very good designer.
What I would like to know is where the dividing line is between the work that Jay did and the work that Stan did. Was Jay's work on the design totally discarded? Did Stan start from scratch? When I look at the pics I think I see the same hull that Jay drew. But I could be wrong.
This kind of stuff interests me.