Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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svHyLyte, I wasn't having a go at you - simply making a clear distinction between the boat and the designer.....
No worries old son, ...didn't think you were.
As you may or may not be aware, the Hiscocks sold Wanderer III in the late 60's--and much of what else they owned--to have a steel yacht built in Holland. Once it was completed, they launched off on another circumnavigation in the course of which they stopped in Sausalito, Calif (USA) where they put up in a slip a few berths away from us so we had occasion to meet (if for no reason other than their damned switch-tailed cat insisted on doing its business on our cockpit cushions!) Eric was a very opinioned sort, particularly when he was "in his cups" which was not infrequent after 1600 and he once opined that Wandered III was the "..best yacht" he'd owned and far preferable to its successor, Wanderer IV, which he referred to as a "Pig Iron Tub" more than once (it seems he had terrible problems with the yacht until he put up in NZ for a refit of the rudder).
N'any case, Giles earlier yacht seems to have "Virtues" that persist to this day, eh?
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."