Jock's brother, Max, who had started at Purdon and Featherstones, just along from Muir's, as a shipwright after serving his time with Perce Cloverdale, joined Jock at Napoleon Street, Battery Point in 1948 when they were building Lass O'Luss. "I would class Max as among the finest shipwrights in Australia in his day. He was more at home using the old tools of the trade preferring the hand plane, adze and hand-saw to the power tools." "There is hardly a straight line in a boat, everything has to be curved or rounded and the old tools did a better job of getting the 'feel' of your craft." "I think the most we had working in the yard at any one time was about ten, but Max, was my mainstay for most of the time until he retired in 1984. I have to say I was extremely lucky with all the people that worked with me, some as apprentices, some as shipwrights." As well as Max and Ray Kemp, they included Gary Smedley, John Champion, Adam Brinton, Owen Cropp, Dave Wardrop, Don Brown, Bill Foster, Adrian Dean, Rodney Jackman, Jock's son Ross, Bruce Griggs, Alan Cracknell, Fred Dennis, Malcom Freguson, and Eddie Mossop. One of the few things that Jock is bitter about is the apparent disinclination of successive governments to support the boatbuilding industry. He traces the decline back to the 1950s when "the Menzies government got into a mess and overnight the treasurer, Sir Arthur Fadden, increased the sales tax on pleasure boats from 10 to 33 per cent." "It is something I, and many others, will never forgive. It was later reduced to 20 per cent but that is still too much. It has virtually killed a potential industry. It was a post-war, short-sighted, panic move that did a lot of damage. I can understand a sales tax on the fittings but not on the building of the hull which is not mass-produced but virtually hand-crafted from start to finish." It is criminal. "It is too much of a restriction on encouraging skills. The sales tax in fact, is helping stamp out a traditional art - that of wooden boatbuilding." "The reason for the sales tax is because boats are seen as luxuries, but they forget that it is an industry that has and could, employ a lot of people." In the Muir's case the sudden impost meant a decision had to be made. "We could have given it away altogether or diversify. We decided on the latter and in 1952 we laid the start of the main slipway which is still operating and has been an important part of the business ever since." "Once we had got that running we became involved with fishing boats as well as yachts."