Jan 24, 2007, 9:06 AM
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Everett Pearson - Pearson Yachts (the original) & TPI -- a genuine Fiberglass boat pioneer.
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Frank Butler - Catalina, Capri and Coronado (and Morgan)-- value pioneer -- intoduced the FG molded interior liner and production effciencies.
Bob (& Rod) Johnstone - J/boats, Alcourt Sunfish -- for promoting the concept of keelboat one designs; and the Sunfish that introduced many thousands of new people to the thrill of sailing.
Buddy Melges -for one designs - multiple scow classes, and wide range of others: Star, M-24, M-32, 5.5 meters, Solings, FD's, even iceboats! -- plus an America's cup winner and Olympic Gold medalist to boot! Not to mention the Melges family's tireless support of all forms of sailboat racing and race management that has influenced sailing as much outside the Zenda, WI "plant" (a loose description) as inside building boats.
Having had the priviledge of knowing each personally -- all are true Gentleman and pillars of the sailing industry.
My two cents.