They have been out there for more than thirty years now. They built their two Lyle Hess designed traditional wooden
boats themselves and never had an engine or any of our modern gimmicks. Thirty feet were always enough for them.
They wrote countless books and articles on all aspects of cruising which I used to devour.During those
endless hours of on call in the hospital waiting for the next emergency they used to send me to a world I always wanted to belong to.
Now we are finally doing what we should have done years ago and my heroes of so many waisted nights are only a few yards away.
In the afternoon I grab one of their books and go over to meet them feeling excited and a bit shy.
Larry's smiling face dives out of the hatch: "Hi, I can see what You want, come on board." Hours later I leave them with my autograph and a bag full of bluewater stories slightly bedazzled by the affluence of incohol.
Wit, energy, sparkling vitality and a boundless joy of life have left a lasting impression on me.