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?
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