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Guns Onboard Boats

By Michael Peters | Posted July 2014 | Add a Comment

In his Sightlines column, Michael Peters asks an important and controversial question: Would having a gun onboard his boat actually make him safer, or just introduce new risks? Read here to see what he concluded.

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The Responsibilities of a Captain

By Michael Peters | Posted June 2014 | Add a Comment

In his latest Sightlines column Michael Peters takes a sobering look at the responsibilities of a captain, in good times and in bad. And he wonders a very important question; does the captain need to go down with the ship?

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Where have all the beautiful boats gone?

By Michael Peters | Posted May 2014 | Add a Comment

Michael Peters, one of the world’s foremost yacht designers, has a few gripes with the path naval architecture has taken recently. In essence, he believes beauty has been sacrificed for headroom. Read here to find out why that’s a problem.

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Kids and Boats

By Michael Peters | Posted April 2014 | Add a Comment

Sometimes your kids want to be just like Dad. But sometimes they don’t, as columnist Michael Peters found out over the years. Read about his attempts to hook his daughters on the joy of boating, here.

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Sportfisherman Design

By Michael Peters | Posted March 2014 | Add a Comment

In his Sightlines column Michael Peters takes aim at the good-old American sportfisherman and tries to figure out why they’re designed the way they are. He’s got his suspicions that they’re not simply for catching fish. Read here for more.

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Staying Safe While Doing Boat Maintenance

By Michael Peters | Posted February 2014 | Add a Comment

Maintaining your boat can be dangerous, but not always in the ways you think. Our columnist found this out the hard way when he discovered he was deathly allergic to a chemical that was in some paint he was using. Here he details his ordeal, and offers a word of advice to all do-it-yourself boat guys.

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Visual Perspective in Yacht Design

By Michael Peters | Posted February 2014 | Add a Comment

While we all can argue politics, economics, and religion from our cloistered points of view, one thing we can agree on is that we all know a beautiful woman when we see her. We don’t argue over this nor do we overanalyze the makeup of her beauty, we just accept it as we see it. But what if it was your job to understand the elements that make her universally attractive so they could be replicated?

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Yachts and Weight Gain

By Michael Peters | Posted January 2014 | Add a Comment

The trend over the past 20 years is beamier boats and these tubby forms by themselves are hard enough to push though the water, but compound the problem with today’s menu of “standards” and we now have genuinely overweight boats.

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Falling in Love with Boats

By Michael Peters | Posted November 2013 | Add a Comment

See where Michael Peters’s design portfolio got its start.

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America’s Cup: A Triumph of Yacht Design

By Michael Peters | Posted October 2013 | Add a Comment

If it floats and goes fast, there are few people better qualified to offer commentary in the world than Michael Peters, our Sightlines columnist. See what he has to say about the 2013 America's Cup in San Francisco here.

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