Yes it was Hals boat Sebago I worked on. Coppertop batteries was one of the sponsors hence the copper deck
. Mike plant sailed before Hal and was often by helping out. I met Hal at the Newport
shipyard and we were clearing out the boat before it went up to Hoods yard. Ive told this before but its funny
. So we are throwing sails
on the pier and I missed the count and had my hand in a loop. So when Hal let go I just jumped with the bag. Hal was like what the hell did you do that for. He had this big ass did I just see that grin. Later after we had the thing up at hoods. Im working on something and find a copy of 2 against the horn. I m like hey did you read this its a great story. Hal had that shitty short guy big life grin again Real blunt "I wrote it" Im stunned like ohhhh. We got along pretty well and I met him and Margaret several times after sometimes on different boats. Very enjoyable. That Black beauty no skid sucked it would peal skin like a Ben Riner. Mike Plant had a similar nonchalant confidence and warmth. I miss them both.