Spending 6 days with your colleagues. The thought probably sends a shiver down the spine of most people. Spending 6 days with your colleagues aboard a 42-foot boat, well now that’s just … crazy, right!? Well that’s exactly what myself, Deputy Editor Jason Wood and Digital Editor John Turner aim to do this week aboard our Grand Banks 42 project boat, Arawak.
The goal is simple: As the foremost authority on all things power boating, our electronics and gear coverage can’t simply be regurgitated from press releases or boat show demonstrations. You, our readers, are much too knowledgeable for that, which is why we test and trial, and actually well, review the products we review. To that end, we’ve loaded Arawak with dozens, and I do mean, dozens of boxes filled with electronics, ranging from sat phones to radar, and gear, ranging from a dingy to emergency equipment, to thoroughly test while cruising the Keys and up the West Coast of Florida.
All this brings me back to my original point; 6 days is a long time to be spending with people you work with, even for the tight-knit group of editors at Power & Motoryacht. In fact, we’ve all been joking that this trip is either going to bring us all closer together or it’ll end in disastrous mutiny.
One challenge that our crew faces is one that many people probably find themselves facing: Time. There just never seems to be enough of it. And there is always more work to be done. There’s always another e-newsletter to upload. Another story to write. Another email to send. Another call to make. But if we can’t find the time to get out cruising and reconnect with our favorite sport, how can we expect you to?
So, as I write this blog from Arawak’s guest stateroom, I have to admit I’m filled with excitement. It’s the kind of excitement that you only get at the beginning of a new adventure. And while I’m still unsure as to whether this trip will encourage team building or end with someone walking the plank, I’m willing to bet it’ll be the former. If I’ve learned anything from my years of boating, it’s that time spent on the water, working towards a common goal has a funny way of bringing people together. At least, I hope that to be the case this time.