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Favorite Part of the Job

Since I've started here at PMY, there's been an interesting little shift in the forwarded emails I receive and conversations I have with friends and family.

It's slowly starting to shift to all about boats.

There are the spottings, when friends, family, and coworkers send me pictures of boats either to share or to identify it and demand more information.

For example, I received this picture with the simple request to identify it:

Tradition Still Reigns

Despite rapidly evolving building techniques, boating has a lot of traditions that remain from those early days of yore (also known as the days of yesteryear).

When Italian shipbuilder Tecnomar recently laid the keel for its 40-meter Impero yacht, a good luck coin was included. A coin in the keel has long symbolized good fortune for the yacht through her construction and long after.

Feadship Mystery

Prior to FLIBS last week, I was reading a summary of the new Steve Jobs biography in the New York Times, when I came across an interesting little nugget among the general backstory of Jobs's life:

Like Geese in Winter

Megayachts are like migratory birds. For the summer, they head north to Cape Cod, Maine, and other northern destinations. And then as winter creeps in, the yachts begin to head south.

This year, some late-departing geese—I mean, yachts ended up roosting—sorry! docking at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. So this morning, I headed downtown.

There was Nobiskrug's nearly 195-foot Jamaica Bay, No. 40 on our November list. Check out her rounded stern:

Starry nights and sunny days

The number of yachts it is possible to see during the Monaco Yacht Show is staggering. And without the aid of well-kept notes, sometimes boats start to blend together. So it's the bits that stand out that stick in your memory.

Wooden You Know It

During the Monaco Yacht Show, the principality went Dutch. Not that checks were split but rather wooden shoes began popping up all over. As if the Dutch Cinderella had run through town and lost more than one shoe.

Or as if a group of Lilliputians had sailed to show to check out some yachts.

New Wider Yacht

When Tilli Antonelli stepped before the gathered reporters during the Wider breakfast press conference during the Monaco Yacht Show, the lights dimmed and the projector lit up. And Antonelli introduced ...

A 33-foot Wider boat.

The crowd clapped, but it seemed a bit obligatory. It was 8:30 a.m., and yes the 42-foot Wider was a success—but to go smaller? It seemed a bit odd.

But Antonelli kept clicking through slides to introduce where that 33-footer would be kept: the 150-foot Wider megayacht.

A car in a watery country

Navigating a nation comprised of islands and interrupted by fjords by car requires a bit of extra planning I learned this week. Life along the coast revolves around the water. To drive from Bergen to Stavanger required bridges, tunnels, and two car ferries. over, under, around and through.

Highway E39 wound down the shore and through thick trees and along dark waters. The bridges are all the same—cement suspension bridges stretching across inlets and passes.