After meeting Tom I, too, was inspired, spending five years in his design office as he built his success with Midnight Lace into a rich design portfolio that included virtually every sort of boat that he could imagine. What is amazing is that each yacht Tom designed was as distinctive as his first; you knew each one was a Fexas by the cut of her stem and sweep of her sheer. There were megayachts, sportfishers, trawlers and of course larger Laces, but no "blowboats, as Tom liked to call them. The many enthusiasts who enjoyed his magazine columns could count on Tom poking fun at those under sail and just about everything else that mixed with seawater. Those who were lucky enough to know Tom understood that this irreverent humor, like Tom, was always good-natured.