I am certainly enjoying these Alan L. Bates stories, and sure do look forward to more.

Alan wasn't known to ever be at a loss for words, but it can and did happen at least once. My father purchased a set of Alan's drawings for the OMAR, and as anyone is wont to do, Dad read the accompanying history of the boat. In that brief history Alan stated that the OMAR had Nordberg machinery which she did not. In fact she had Marietta Manufacturing Corporation engines just like her two sisters. Dad and Alan were conversing up at Marietta before 1982 and Dad mentioned that Alan was wrong about the OMAR's machinery. "WHAT! How do you know what engines were on the OMAR?" Dad's response was, "I was her Chief Engineer." At least for a moment Alan was silent.