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I was at Catalina Island one night in a real Blow.  The sea was white with foam, and the swell’s were huge.  I asked myself, what if I had to leave tonight, what kind of boat would allow me to safely do it?

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A good boat should be close winded; she should have reserve buoyancy; a fine bow, but not too fine where she is cranky when running; buttock lines to provide plenty of lift; and she should be fast.  Most importantly, she should be small enough for single handing, and yet still have a pleasant easy motion at sea..  A short time later I designed the Falmouth with those qualities in mind.  She represents 52 years of experience and study.  The Falmouth is my ideal boat.  I cant say that about any boat I have designed, even Seraffyn.  I can sum it up by saying the falmouth is not a little boat, it is a small yacht that the able seaman can take anywhere in the world in comfort and safety.   ~ Lyle Hess

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For years I had nothing but a picture of a boat taped to my office wall to fuel the dream, it was on that boat that every day started a voyage and every night drifted off with the tide.  One day I pulled that tattered old picture off the wall, resigned and sailed away on it.

I found these beautiful images surfing the web one evening  You can see more at his online store  or contact me if you would like Joe’s personal email.  It doesn’t matter how or where you sail, just…

“The only ship you can truly steer in this ocean is the one you’re sailing. Quit trying to alter the winds; harness them.” 

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