In the aftermath of
the tragic events of September 11, people worldwide retreated to their
inner selves and started a long process of intensive thinking. My wife
and I were on our boat on Long Island when it happened, and we had about
five days of unfettered thinking before our scary scheduled flight back
to West Palm Beach.
My personal thinking
was along these lines: After such a terrible tragedy, was the work I do
(designing boats) insignificant and frivolous? Should anybody be thinking
about boats in a time like this? After much thought and discussions with
friends in the business, I came up with three solid reasons how boats
and yachts can contribute to our new society.
AN ESCAPE CAPSULE
Think about it.
A boat is a self-contained, movable home that can whisk you and your family
away from danger. If something terrible happens, roadways will be jammed
with cars and trucks full of people frantic to get away. When a hurricane
is threatening South Florida, the highways become parking lots, and people
wind up riding out the storm in their Toyotas. So keep your boat full
of fuel and provisions, ready to go at any time. It could save you and
your family from much discomfort (or worse).
Those of you who
were smart enough to take your money out of the shock, er… stock
market when times were good are looking for something substantial in which
to invest your money. Hard assets are the name of the game. Good boats
usually appreciate in value over the years, and a boat or yacht is second
only to homes when it comes to consistently holding (or appreciating)
value. A good boat can be a safe investment that you can derive pleasure
from and can actually use. Yeah, you can speculate in gold or diamonds
or art, but what can you actually do with this stuff other than ogle and
admire it? You can’t take your diamonds for an exhilarating run at
25 knots into a steep chop. You can’t sleep on your gold (unless
you are King Tut). You can’t anchor a painting (except to the wall).
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