In fact, I was—Knit Wits not only is a part of Hatteras Yachts’ history, but also of the history of the U.S. boating industry. Most Hatteras Yachts owners and fans know the story of how Knit Wits was born—largely because High Point, N.C., hosiery manufacturer Willis Slane, an avid offshore angler, was frustrated by the rough sea conditions off Cape Hatteras that kept the local wooden sportfishing boat fleet at the dock. Slane, who had visited the Cristaliner Corporation in Miami and seatrialed a 27-foot race boat made of fiberglass, believed he could build a larger fiberglass sportfisher. Although many people thought he was crazy, with the backing of some of his textiles industry colleagues, he set out to do just that. Slane hired young naval architect Jack Hargrave, who later proved to be a genius yacht designer, to draw the 41-footer’s lines and after a period of intense R&D, completed construction of the boat in just four months. Knit Wits was the first boat over 30 feet to be built of fiberglass.