Jason Y. Wood's blog
photo courtesy of Riva Yacht
To answer this blog’s titular question in short: Of course it does. The real question, masked by that rhetorical one, is “How much does yacht design matter?” It matters to boaters, and to those who are thoughtful enough to understand the importance of boat design in the greater context of how it represents and reminds us of our collective past, and how its halo affects other kinds of design.
One night in the well-lit rivers and canals of Fort Lauderdale (during the boat show, no less) gave me a sense of what boaters can’t see when they rely on the naked eye. Seems that the docklights, street lamps, and hotel-walkway lights could confuse boaters nearly as much as they help, thanks to the glare and reflections. But I really didn’t know what I was missing until I was able to compare the view through a FLIR thermal-imaging camera. I brought my own video camera along to see what its lens recorded of the view from the bow and what I could see on the thermal-imaging display. See for yourself how they match up here.
I had the good fortune to attend the NMEA International Conference and Expo, where manufacturers put their best foot forward and give dealers and media a peek at what’s new.
As summer winds down, the kids in your life will start thinking about the school lunch program, playing organized sports, and, yes, even classes and books. What does this mean to you? It’s a stark reminder that your opportunities to get out on the water with those young people will be even more limited.
The heat of late July had settled into every crevice and shadow in the urban canyons of Manhattan. Just when I thought it was too late to escape, the invitation came through the mail slot on a salt-tinged zephyr: “Join us on Nantucket.” I had been saved by the kind folks at Hinckley, who hosted a rendezvous for their owners at Nantucket Boat Basin.
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As the sun began its downward track, I looked around the picnic table at the group of our friends laughing as they enjoyed cheese and crackers and crisp, chilled white wine. We were gathered on a yacht-club deck to celebrate as Father’s Day drew to a close. Our young children played nearby in the golden light before the backdrop of the mooring field and Long Island Sound beyond.