Thanks for those words, mate. It's always a pleasure to hear about my dad and what he was like at sea. I must admit, I think I got away with a hell of a lot on board certain voyages because of his reputation (even though he'd beg bosuns to give me hard time!!), and I'd always sail with his good friends who'd take me under their wing. Sometimes that could be a hindrance, especially when they expected me to be able to drink as much as him. Then again, I always enjoyed trying! People mentioning his yo-yo dieting always makes me laugh as well because I was, (and still am) exactly the same.
I'll pass on your regards to my mother, Graham. She'll remember you, she remembers every detail of every voyage she went on, she loved it that much.
All the best, mate