'She was a lovely boat and I still can't fault her. She has a fairly long keel and stern-hung rudder and I remember in one race she carried a spinnaker across Bass Strait when other competitors were dragging sea anchors and warps. "She rated very low under the RORC offshore rating and revelled in gale conditions - as indeed I did. "She was the boat that the papers referred to disparagingly when we got to Sydney to compete the first time as... 'this Tasmanian fishing boat up here to have a go at the Sydney to Hobart!'" He describes Westward and later, Waltzing Matilda, as typical of his desire to design boats that were "easily driven, sea-kindly and safe." There was no thought given to racing but it so happened that Westward, for example, rated very well. 'This was not by intention but because that was the type of craft they encouraged - perhaps a bit undercanvassed and very stable. They were conceived as cruising craft that raced well and it so happened that my concept fitted into the Royal Ocean Racing Rules. "In fact, if they'd stuck to that philosophy, the whole ocean-racing scene would have been a lot better. I consider the IOR rule encouraged hull instability. 'Mind you, I think they're coming back to this and the first step is the new International Measurement System (IMS).This will take us back to boats that are sea-kindly, easier to helm - and safer because they will not have to rely on 'live' ballast for stability." ln 1972, after making his l9th Sydney to Hobart crossing, this time in Patsy of Island Bay, which he had built 20 years before, he was quoted as saying:'With standardisation of classes there would be more interest from boats not now competing and once again the race would become a test of skill rather than sheer performance derived from wealth." "In those early days, the heavier a boat the better she'd rate. The important thing to remember is that the race was organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Now it is a bit of a misnomer because the race is really for racing machines." "As I said, I think the adoption of the IMS will be a wonderful move and signal a return to the early criteria for racing yachts." In 1948 Jock established Muir's Boatyard at Battery Point building timber boats. The boat-building shed was adjacent to the present slip. It has since been divided to house Muir's Chandlery and a sail loft.