There has to be a last word in a book- and it comes from his long-time friend, contemporary and fellow yachtsman - Russell Duffield, of Sydney. Mr Duffield sailed Trevassa down in the 1990 Sydney to Hobart yacht race and, as always, visited Jock and Mollie. Russell has sailed to Hobart 18 times including 14 Sydney to Hobart races The news that the book he had encouraged was imminent, delighted him: "I admit I've been at Jock a long time to write it all down. I've known him for more than 40 years - since I competed in the 1946 Sydney to Hobart in fact. (And when Russell met his Hobart born wife, Mary Lowe). "He is held in the highest esteem in many areas - among the yacht racing fraternity, in the boatbuilding industry, and as a businessman." Mr Duffield, who has been the owner of two Muir-built boats, is in a unique position to vouch for what he calls their "unmatched sea-kindliness and strength and the workmanship that has gone into them." "Jock didn't of course build only yachts. He built tough work boats as well. I know there are plenty of boats around that could outsail Trevassa for example, but that is not the only thing out there. "You find yourself on a bar, or laid on your beam ends at sea and it is then you realise that what Jock has learnt from those work boats, he has incorporated quietly into the design of his yachts. "I would describe a Jock Muir designed boat as safe, and with no bad habits. They are easy to handle and they're all-weather boats. They will last a lifetime. Jock always said to me, if a man looks after his health he may last a hundred years - if you look after a boat it should last a hundred years also. "I think there is nothing more I can say that would sum up Jock Muir better than to say he epitomises integrity in everything he does, and I think a publication such as this is for the benefit of every Australian. "It reminds us of our past- of our traditions and our heritage - of the decent values that built this country - hard and honest work and integrity." "It is a tribute to all those people of quality. I feel that Jock's work, representing those days, is of too much value to remain unrecorded any longer."