Spectator — January 2002
By Tom Fexas
Boats and Yachts in the “New World”
2: Spectator continued
IT’S LATER THAN
it’s later than you think,
Profound words indeed! Even in difficult times we are all entitled to some rest, relaxation, and pleasure, and what other device or conveyance can give you more of all three than a boat? A boat allows you to kick back and be yourself. You can wear baggie shorts, drink beer, burp, and make other rude noises. It’s okay!
Spending a weekend on a boat recharges your batteries for the work week to come so you can earn money and pay taxes that allow the United States of America to buy awesome military hardware (yeah, I grumble about taxes like everybody else, but the sight of a nuc sub or a huge carrier or a stealth bomber makes me happy to pay taxes).
WAY OF LIFE
As long as there are clients willing to buy production boats and build custom boats, my firm will continue to do what it does best: produce squiggly lines on paper for fun (and sometimes profit). Since September we have had five major boat shows: Norwalk, Connecticut; Newport Beach, California; Annapolis, Maryland; Genoa, Italy; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The word from those in the industry is that, while attendance was down somewhat, the people walking the docks brought their wallets and didn’t have fish hooks in their pockets. As for custom projects, to date I have not heard of any that have been canceled.
FEAR OF FLYING?
Tom Fexas is a marine architect and designer of powerboats. His Web site is www.tomfexas.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.