At that time, the workshop area had developed into a wooden framed shed, still with tarpaulins for a roof and sides. It gave little protection from the very cold winter frosts and south / south-westerly winds but was better than just a tarp over a long ridgepole which initially covered the ‘Matilda’.
The next vessel was a Laurent Giles design 48ft with longer overhangs, again for a Sydney owner and set up within the newer shed framework. At this time a fisherman based at Barnes Bay on Bruny Island, Rupert Denne, wanted a dinghy suitable to set his nets and be safe and stable. Rupe was a large man and the dinghy had to be more buoyant aft where he stood. Jock gave the job to me. It was a real challenge but with the guidance of Max it finished up quite well. The dinghy was carvel built with seam battens giving a smooth outside hull shape (totally different to the usual Clinker build). Coincidentally, about six years ago I was asked to look at a dinghy and advise the owner on a conversion to sail.