The Laurent Giles yacht became the ‘Patsy’, which some years later Jock purchased for himself. Jock, with myself, Adrian Dean and Ted Domeney were to sail it to Sydney early the next year, with the owner and his two teenage sons on board. It was quite a good trip weatherwise and we had a lovely quiet sail all the way. The only slight hiccup was the owner always challenging his sons to do what Adrian and I were able to do comfortably. They appeared fairly sheltered and when Adrian was straining a pot of vegetables, the lid slipped and the lot fell into the brand new stainless steel sink. Adrian did what anyone (from Hobart) would do, put a big knob of butter and some milk on top and mashed the lot in the sink. The Sydney boys went without their vegetables that night and the owner wasn’t all that happy either.
On the lovely warm days with relatively quiet breezes, the boys would pester Jock until he let them put the large Genoa on the forestay. The sailmaker had not finished the hanks to attach the sails to the forestay and they had to be shackled into place. Jock would invariably call me about midnight to come on deck and unshackle the bigger sail and re-shackle the smaller one to make comfortable sailing through the rest of the night. I think tempers were a bit frayed all around by the time we got to Sydney, but the trip was lovely, the weather perfect, and I had another magic flight back to Hobart.
Jock was asked to quote on building two Heavyweight Sharpies, which were extremely popular around that time. Jock gave the job to brother Don and myself and we worked upstairs in what was left of the Ross Patent Slips. The sharpies performed very well and were owned by well-known yachtsmen Neil Campbell and Ediss Boyes. While Don and I were building the Sharpies, Jock and the team were building a lovely fishing boat in the slipyard area for the Dunbabin family at Dunalley, to be named ‘Marie Laurie’.
Changes were still happening around the workshop. The next yacht was bigger again than the others and was a larger version of the well-known Hobart yacht ‘Saona’. At some 50ft, a beautiful craft and again one of Jock’s designs, to be owned by Hobart identity Len Nettlefold. A delight to work on, all Huon pine planking, teak decking and cabin work.