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by Michael Peters

The Challenges of Starting a Boat Company

By Michael Peters | Posted July 2015 | Add a Comment

Just because a man was successful in a previous field of business doesn’t mean that he’ll be able to conquer the boat industry. But he’s probably going to have to learn that the hard way.

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Why Yacht Designs Need to be More than Art

By Michael Peters | Posted June 2015 | Add a Comment

After the high-tech sales pitch is done, all that’s left is hull and water. In his June Sightlines Michael Peters explains why yacht designs can be art, but they have to be more than that, too.

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Anchoring Problems

By Michael Peters | Posted April 2015 | Add a Comment

Michael Peters has an anchoring problem.  No moorings? No problem... But anchoring can present certain challenges, as the author discovered (twice) in Santa Catalina’s Little Harbor.

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Outboard Engines on Big Boats

By Michael Peters | Posted March 2015 | Add a Comment

It seems like more and more these days, big, burly outboards are becoming the standard. Michael Peters can’t believe how far the outboard has come. Can you?

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In Defense of Good Yacht Design

By Michael Peters | Posted February 2015 | Add a Comment

Did our columnist just refer to some boat designs as “butt-ugly junkyard dogs; the kind you wouldn’t want around your family?” Yes, yes he did. Read his argument for leaving naval architecture to the experts here.

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Michael Peters Shares his Yacht Broker Experience

By Michael Peters | Posted January 2015 | Add a Comment

Boat transactions can be very…complex. When Michael Peters went to buy a boat, he found out about the many facets of buying a boat. And discovered the services that brokers really provide. Check out what he had to say here.

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A Conversation with Some Legends of Boat-Racing

By Michael Peters | Posted January 2015 | Add a Comment

We sat down with some of the most famous boat racers of all time, and heard some good stories from the old days, and learned that lots of lessons about life on the water still apply today.

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The Restorative Powers of Boating

By Michael Peters | Posted November 2014 | Add a Comment

Michael Peters discovers that sometimes when you’re rebuilding a boat, the boat isn’t necessarily the most important part of the process.

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Russia's Effect on the Megayacht Market

By Michael Peters | Posted October 2014 | Add a Comment

It’s no secret that Russian money fuels a large portion of the megayacht industry. But will that last forever? Yacht designer Michael Peters has his doubts. Read his thoughts here.

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Advice for Budding Boat Designers

By Michael Peters | Posted August 2014 | Add a Comment

Designing boats can be a tough business. Nobody knows that better than yacht designer extraordinaire Michael Peters. Here he imparts knowledge to a new class of boat designers, so that they may ably navigate the waters to come.

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