Working at the shipyards was another exciting entry into the working world. By the time we launched the ‘Lass’ I was being given more demanding and responsible jobs. Also, at about this time, Jock’s other two brothers Don and Max had joined us and made a very skilled team. Max had been working with Purdon and Featherstone during the war years building the hospital vessels and was the most skilled worker and boat builder. I spent a lot of time working alongside and with Max. He wasn’t an easy bloke to work with – very demanding, had a zero tolerance for a slack work ethic of any kind which, on reflection, stood me in good stead right through life.
The ‘Lass’ was a new concept. By renowned English designer Robert Clark, she was quite different to Jock’s designs at that time. Sleek and what appeared to me to be very modern, she was of a similar style to the Sparkman and Stephens ‘Mistral V’ being built at Purdon and Featherstone’s at that time. This beautiful craft had topsides of varnished mahogany. ‘Lass’ was completed in time for the 1948 Sydney Hobart race and ‘Westward’ was entered again