"There is nothing worse than able-bodied people being paid for doing nothing when there is so much that is needed to be done in the community." Despite the gloomy times he kept his "hopes and soul going" by starting Westwind and building her slowly. As well as racing her, she was used extensively for cruising with family and friends. By this time, Mollie McAllister had come on the scene. She was the sister of his friend from model-boat racing days, David McAllister and she and her family moved to Battery Point in the 1930s.