When Chuck Paine left Carter Offshore, in the spring of 1974, he hung up his shingle in Maine, because, apart from being cheap, it was a wonderful place for someone so impassioned about boats to be. Of course, a shingle, in itself, doesn't guarantee any business, so one of his early moves was to go cap-in-hand to Murray Davis, figuring that if he couldn't just yet make a living designing boats, he could at least earn a crust writing about design for Cruising World. His well-crafted series of articles, which appeared between August and November 1977, shed a bright light not just on the reasoning that goes into designing sailing craft but also on his own approach to the process. They make good reading today. Back then, they put Chuck Paine's name in front of a key audience.