Tuesday, November 12, 2019

National Sailing Hall of Fame Names Ten New Members

2019 NSHOF Inducts Ten of the Sport's Game Changers

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) this weekend celebrated its ninth class of inductees during ceremonies at the 126-year-old Seattle Yacht Club’s Mainstation, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and located on Portage Bay. 

NSHOF Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees 2019
“These Induction ceremonies are the crown jewel of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, they are why we exist, they are core to our mission of celebrating the heroes of our sport,” said Gus Carlson, President of the NSHOF in his opening remarks. “The Inductees we are honoring today cover a broad spectrum of our sport, and the influences they have had have been game changing.” 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Norwalk Boat Show Now

What a way to spend the last weekend of summer! Visit Connecticut's biggest in-water boat show this week and see more than 300 luxury yachts, center consoles, watersports boats and affordable family cruisers.

boats docked at norwalk boat show

The Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show also offers live music on the water, free boat rides for the whole family, on-water paddlesports and more - all of these activities are within reach at Norwalk Cove Marina this Thursday through Sunday, September 19-22, 2019. With a full selection of boats for every budget and lifestyle, including boats that can be financed for less than $250 a month, there is no better place to shop and compare boats side by side.


· Free Boat Rides & Fun for the Family – Relax and enjoy a free powerboat ride on Long Island Sound, courtesy of Rex Boating Club & Carefree Boat Club of Southern CT. Plus, bring the kids to hop aboard hundreds of boats and play captain, build their very own toy boat, splash around in a paddleboat lake & much more!

· Live Music by Land and by Sea! Immerse yourself in waterside fun with live music on and off the docks. Stop by the Waterclub Lounge (at the head of Dock B) or the Sandbar (next to the food court) and enjoy live performances by Christine Sweeney and Chelsea Takami.

· SUP & Kayak amidst hundreds of boats: Get your feet wet at Try-it Cove, the ultimate on-the-water experience featuring a variety of paddlesports including kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. Learn to paddle, demo a new board or simply take in the show from the water and enjoy the last days of summer.

· Shop, Save & Win Big on “Super Thursday” – Elevate savings, shopping and boat show fun to superstar levels at our annual “Super Thursday” on Thursday, September 19. Super Thursday deals include even deeper savings on the best in boating, discounted food & drink specials, and giveaways throughout the day. Plus, tickets are just $5 after 5pm – Thursday only!

· Virtual Boating at Progressive® Boat Club – Attendees can take the helm at Progressive’s Oculus Rift virtual reality experience and race against the clock as they master their captain skills. Plus, those looking to improve their nautical know-how will find an array of hands-on boating courses and a docking pool with remote control model boats from the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

· Boat U.S. Hands-On Boating Courses – All levels of on-water experience can sign up for boating courses to hone skills or learn new ones with Boat U.S. experts and captains. Visit www.boatus.org/norwalk for full schedule and to reserve your spot.

Purchase tickets online and save! Order your tickets online by September 18 and save $2 each.

For more information, visit BoatShowNorwalk.com

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Let's Clean Up Our Shores

We are big fans of keeping our oceans and shorelines clean, so when West Marine sent us the following announcement about their clean up initiative, we decided to share it with you immediately.

Yes, we recognize the fact that West Marine is partially using this to get people to come into their stores, but we do appreciate any effort to clean up our beaches.

West Marine Coast Clean Beach Cleanup

Keep the Coast Clean with West Marine on Sept. 21
West Marine encourages everyone to participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Sept. 11, 2019 – Between producing more than half of the earth’s oxygen to providing a place for the activities we love, the health of the ocean impacts us in more ways than imaginable. That is why on Saturday, Sept. 21, West Marine is encouraging customers to participate in International Coastal Cleanup Day in one of two ways:

Pickup a Complimentary Beach Cleanup Kit
Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 18 customers are invited to stop in any West Marine location for a complimentary beach cleanup kit. The kits are available while supplies last and includes a detailed guide on how to hold a beach cleanup in the local community as well as:

·      Biodegradable trash bash bags and gloves
  • Mineral sunscreen lotion
  • A reusable bag
  • Hat
  • West Marine “Thank You” Coupon

Participate in a West Marine Sponsored Beach Cleanup
Thirty West Marine locations will host a beach cleanup with partners in their communities. Participants will receive a cleanup kit, swag and a West Marine coupon for their efforts. 

Customers can sign up at the following West Marine locations to support in their beach cleanup efforts:

·      Annapolis
·      Aventura
·      Bellingham
·      Braintree
·      Bremerton
·      Buford
·      Charleston
·      Crystal River
·      Deerfield Beach
·      Fairhaven
·      Ft. Lauderdale
·      Hermitage
·      Jacksonville
·      Marco Island
·      Miami
·      Morehead City
·      Mt. Pleasant
·      Myrtle Beach
·      N. Charleston
·      Naples
·      Pembroke Pines
·      Plymouth
·      Pompano Beach
·      Port Royal
·      Portland ME
·      Spring Hill
·      Vero Beach
·      West Islip
·      Wilmington
·      Winthrop Harbor

"This initiative not only helps take care of our beaches and oceans, but it also supports our mission to outfit, educate and inspire boaters. By hosting these cleanups and providing tools that make it easier to get involved, we hope to inspire participants through education about the importance of a clean coast,” said Aaron Carpenter, chief marketing officer for West Marine.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Heroes By Boat - BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

The largest sea evacuation in history is one of the lesser known stories of 9/11 - eleven years ago today. Nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat in less than a day.

If you've never watched BOATLIFT, narrated by Tom Hanks, today is a good day to take 12 minutes and check it out...

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Boaters Helping the Bahamas

We've all seen how Hurricane Dorian left parts of the Bahamas completely devastated when it made landfall last week.

Over the years, many of us boaters have been warmly welcomed to the popular vacation destination which is a mere 50 miles off the coast of Florida

That's why it's no surprise so many boaters have embarked on rescue and supply delivery missions to the distressed islands this past weekend.

Celebrities and non-celebrities alike donated money, supplies, and in many cases, a boat ride bringing deliveries of necessities with them to the islands. Some of the good Samaritans even brought stranded islanders from some of the more heavily damaged spots to other towns in the Bahamas that weren't hit as hard.

You've probably heard about some of the big stories, such as major cruise lines bringing supplies, aid and meals to people on the islands. Among them are Carnival (per the Baltimore Sun), as well as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Bahamas Paradise, according to Business Insider.

Superyachts are also getting in on the acts of kindness. According to MegaYachtNews, "multiple yacht and megayacht organizations joined forces with the city of Fort Lauderdale last week for Hurricane Dorian aid". One of the offshoots of these efforts is the planned deployment of the 110-foot yacht True North heading to the Abacos this week, loaded with aid supplies. One megayacht was even dispatched to rescue pups! According to a local ABC station in Florida, 60 dogs were rescued from the islands and brought to Rybovich Marina on Monday morning via the M/Y Laurel - a 240-foot superyacht that was donated for the effort.

There have been several reports of celebrities and professional athletes contributing, but our interest is in the stories involving regular folks, heroes, that used their boats to aid the Bahamas

Billy Brodbeck, a roofer from Florida, posted this video on Facebook of an armada of boats heading to the Bahamas with aid on Saturday.

According to an article on UPI, as many as 70 fishing boats in coordination with the National Association of the Bahamas based in Miami, brought tons of supplies from Florida to the Bahamas on Saturday morning and were planning additional trips this week.

We're sure there were many more stories of boaters helping the Bahamas that have gone unnoticed. It looks as if the death toll will continue to rise and many residents of the Bahamas are in a desperate situation.

Contribute here: https://www.bahamas.com/relief

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Boat Shows Cancelled. Thanks Dorian

Tampa and Daytona boat shows rescheduled. Wilmington boat show cancelled!

hurricane dorian noaa

With Hurricane Dorian beginning to meander up the east coast of the United States, boat show organizers are making new plans to cancel or reschedule their fateful events planned for this weekend. This seems like a good idea considering all the work that goes into a boat show, including transporting boats and accessories from all over the region, as well as the fear of getting stuck in a hurricane that would keep so many attendees away. We've been at many a boat show that looked completely abandoned due to the mere forecast of rain showers, so imagine what a hurricane would do to attendance.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows, was quick to postpone the Tampa Bay Boat Show a few days ago when it looked like Dorian might inflict a direct hit on Florida. The 2019 Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show Presented by West Marine (which, by the way, has one of the longest names of any boat show we've ever heard of), originally scheduled for this weekend, is moving from its planned date of September 6 - 8 to a new weekend next month. Their press release states that the new Tampa Bay dates are now planned for the 25th to the 27th of October, 2019. 

Another Florida boat show that looked like it might get washed out this weekend is the Daytona Boat Show, which has been rescheduled to September 27th to the 29th, 2019.   

Meanwhile, North Carolina's Wilmington Boat Show, also planned for this weekend, looks like it has been completely canceled for this year. Wilmington looks to be more in the direct path of the hurricane based on current forecasts, so this was definitely a good idea.

 The rescheduled Tampa show will remain at the Tampa Convention Center for its new October dates, and all pre-purchased tickets will be honored during the new dates. .

"While we are disappointed to postpone the event, our main concern is the safety of the boaters, manufacturers and dealers that attend our show," said Kevin Murphy, show manager. "This decision was made to ensure attendees and exhibitors have time to adequately prepare for Hurricane Dorian. We look forward to seeing everyone October 25-27 for what will be our largest Tampa Boat Show yet, featuring thousands of the latest marine products on the market."

The Wilmington's website had this message on it when we visited it yesterday:

This message is to inform you that the 2019 Wilmington Boat Show will be cancelled due to the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian. This is a difficult situation and safety is a priority. Also, due to a heavy event schedule in the Wilmington area, the show cannot be rescheduled in 2019. We are working with officials from the City, Port City Marina, the Convention Center and Battleship Park to move the show out of September beginning in 2020. Please be safe and you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. 

This weekend's Atlantic City Boat Show, and all future east coast boat shows planned for September 2019 - including Newport and Norwalk - still look to be on, but always check before you make your plans.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Labor Day Boat Fire

conception dive boat fire

Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a vessel fire near Santa Cruz Island, California, early Monday morning.

At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Monday, September 2, 2019, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders overheard a mayday call via channel 16 of an engulfed 75-foot commercial diving vessel with approximately 38 people aboard. The boat, which was named "Conception" was reportedly anchored overnight Sunday during a 3-day dive cruise with about 33 passengers.

Crews from the Coast Guard, Santa Barbara Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and Vessel Assist responded. The fire department crews were fighting the fire when the vessel sank 20 yards off shore in 64 feet of water.

Five people were evacuated aboard a good samaritan pleasure craft named the "Great Escape". News reports are stating the survivors were all crew members that were awake, up top, while the remaining passengers were sleeping down below.

As of this posting, 4 bodies have been recovered and approximately 29 people that were aboard the vessel are still unaccounted for.

We believe the photo above may be from the website of the company operating the cruise, with the boat in question pictured in the center. The same website had a three-day dive cruise aboard the Conception from 08/31/2019 to 09/02/2019. If this is the fateful cruise, then the guests perished during the final day of their trip.

Labor day weekend dive cruise

Sources: USCG Newsroom, ABC News, and via live updates from CNN

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Shark Tank Boating Tragedy

Late night boat crash involving Kevin O'Leary leaves two dead in Ontario

As a big fan of the show Shark Tank, the news of this boating tragedy definitely grabbed my attention.

I am sure executives at ABC are freaking out about the fact that one of their stars was involved in a tragic boating accident, and that publications are including the name of their show while discussing the deaths. They probably wish this whole thing would go away.

But two lives were lost as a result of a boating collision last weekend, and Kevin O'Leary was on the other boat. O'Leary claims he was not at the helm when his boat collided with another vessel on Lake Joseph north of Toronto.

After several days and continuing talk of the story on the web and TMZ, the Toronto Sun published a story showing conflicting stories about the boat crash.  According to the article, a relative of one of the victims claims the O'Leary boat fled the scene of the accident; they also were questioning whether or when O'leary's wife (who O'Leary claimed was operating the boat at the time) was given a breathalizer test.

Apparently, the family of the victims are also not happy about O'Leary's public relations campaign to get ahead of the story, which included the following statement:
“Late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that had a tragic collision with another craft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene of the accident. I am fully cooperating with authorities.”

You can read the full story at the Toronto Sun (link), or check out #KevinOLeary on twitter for the latest reactions to the tragedy.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Win a Caribbean Charter Vacation from the Annapolis Boat Show

If you are a boating enthusiast on the east coast, there's a pretty good chance you're thinking about attending the United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis coming up in October.

And if you're planning to attend anyway, why not purchase your tickets online in advance of the show and take a shot at winning a five night Caribbean charter vacation in the beautiful British Virgin Islands?

It looks like you simply buy your ticket to the Annapolis boat show online as you normally would, and you'll be automatically entered to win. The sign-up page is simply the United States Powerboat Show ticket purchase page, and it looks like the prize is from MarineMax, so to be honest this looks legit and worth your time to get a ticket and enter for a chance to win.

Here are the details from the boat show's email and website:

Buy a ticket to the United States Powerboat Show and be entered to win automatically!

2019 Grand Prize Sponsored by MarineMax Vacations.

Win an exotic six day and five night Caribbean charter vacation onboard a luxury MarineMax 362 Power Catamaran in the beautiful British Virgin Islands!

2019 Second Prize sponsored by POP Paddleboards

The runner up will receive a POP Paddleboard Royal Hawaiian valued at $799. This prize includes a 3 piece adjustable paddle, dual action and reversible hand pump, universal single fin, leash, and backpack with wheels. The board inflates to 15 psi, weighs only 24 pounds and will support a rider weighing up to 300 pounds. Both beginners and experts love this board! Brought to you by POP Paddleboards and my Sports Craze, Grasonville, MD.

Click here to buy the tickets.

For the record, the Daily Boater is not receiving anything for posting this. We sincerely just received the email offer today and thought it was a good opportunity worth sharing. Good luck!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

USCG: Search Supended for Missing Florida Boaters

Coast Guard suspends search for two missing boaters

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for two missing boaters who did not return from a trip near Port Canaveral. 

Missing are Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

After searching more than 146,368 square miles, an area equivalent to the size of Montana for over 281 hours, officials were unable to locate the boaters who were reported overdue Friday evening. 

“Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly alongside federal, state, and local partner agencies as well as countless volunteers searching for Brian and Justin,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. “Despite those efforts, we have been unable to locate any signs of the vessel or the missing boaters. Suspending a search is never an easy decision, and a lot of factors are considered and calculated before we make that decision. We have been in regular contact with the family members throughout our search and extend our heartfelt condolences for what we know is a very difficult time for them.” 

Involved in the search were:
The Coast Guard will continue to have a presence in the area, but active searches concluded today at sunset.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders at 904-714-7558. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Two Boaters Missing Off Florida

Search continues off Port Canaveral and along local beaches for two missing firefighters...

The Coast Guard along with partner agencies were continuing to search for two overdue boaters late Sunday evening after not returning from a fishing trip near Port Canaveral, Florida.

missing florida boaters

The boaters, Brian McCluney and Justin Walker, were last seen departing the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp Friday (8/16) in a 24-foot center console heading toward "8A" reef. 

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral watchstanders were notified by a family member of the boaters not returning as expected Friday evening. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders launched assets including a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Canaveral, an HC-130 Hercules search plane from Air Station Clearwater and the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot Patrol Boat to conduct searches.  

Others searching are the Navy and Brevard County Sheriffs Office.

The above photo released by the Coast Guard is a picture of the boat when it was being launched Friday.  News outlets have stated the boat is a Robalo

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center at 904-714-7558

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Journey for the Future - Greta Thunberg Sets Sail

More than 3,000 miles, not a single drop of gasoline: That is the plan.

Greta Thunberg Team Malizia

Yesterday afternoon Team Malizia, skippered by Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann, left Plymouth (UK) and set sail for New York City. On board the high-tech racing yacht Malizia II is 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. In order to avoid the extremely high carbon emissions from air travel, she chose to make the two-week transatlantic journey via sailboat to attend the upcoming UN climate summits in New York and Chile.

Millions around the globe will follow Team Malizia on their journey west – with their hearts and via social media.

Sailing across the Atlantic in August, against the prevailing winds, is an adventure. But the trip is also a powerful symbol: The team will demonstrate that it is indeed possible to switch to climate neutral mobility. The challenge might still be substantial, but the technology exists and is maturing every year.

“Convincing governments and international institutions to enforce laws that will protect mankind and biodiversity is of the utmost importance for the future of humanity”, says Pierre Casiraghi, founder of Team Malizia and co-skipper. “Team Malizia and I are proud to take Greta across the Atlantic in this challenging mode of transport. Unfortunately, sailing is still the only way to do so without fossil fuel emissions. Hopefully this will change in the near future.”

As estimated by the non-profit Atmosfair, a round trip between the UK to New York by plane contributes approximately 3.4 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, per passenger – according to Eurostat that’s almost 50% of the average yearly carbon footprint per person in the EU (7.2 tons). While avoiding air travel is a powerful way to reduce carbon emissions, marine combustion engines also emit high levels of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and particulates. Driving a boat powered by a single 80-horsepower outboard for one hour emits pollution equivalent to more than 350 automobiles driving at highway speed for the same amount of time.

Team Malizia is deeply involved in the fight against climate change and this is reflected by their technological set-up: The high-tech foiling sailboat Malizia II is equipped with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate electricity during the journey (the onboard engine will only be used in emergencies).

Electric boating company Torqeedo provided support vessels to help Team Malizia leave the dock and travel safely out of the harbour without using the small onboard engine. Torqeedo-powered electric boats assist Team Malizia with docking, towing, passenger transport and general harbor support that would typically be provided by combustion-powered boats.

Each day, up to 2,500 planes fly across the Atlantic. Of course, not every one of the tens of thousands of airline passengers can sail across the ocean instead. But, the zero-emission transatlantic crossing could help to change our perspective on when air travel really is necessary, and which options are technologically feasible.

Updates about the journey west are available on Team Malizia’s website (team-malizia.com/news), Boris Herrmann Racing (borisherrmannracing.com) and on Greta’s Instagram channel (@gretathunberg).

Photo and content courtesy of #Torqeedo

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sailing Hall Of Fame

National Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees

Today we got the names of the 10 people who will make up the 2019 National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) class of inductees:

2019 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees

Capt. John Bonds: A passionate sailor whose leadership in establishing safety protocols has had a global impact on offshore sailing;

Thomas F. Day: Founder, in 1906, of The Newport Bermuda Race; 

Robbie Doyle: sailmaker and founder of Doyle Sails;

Buddy Friedrichs: Olympic Gold Medalist;

Allison Jolly: the sport’s first-ever Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist;

Donald McKay: clipper ship builder;

Everett A. Pearson: the grandfather of fiberglass production;

Doug Peterson: pioneering yacht designer;

Herbert Lawrence Stone: magazine editor and publisher;

Arthur Knapp, Jr.: author and world champion sailor (recognized with the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.)

The members of the class of 2019 join 71 previously recognized individuals as the National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by drawing attention and recognition to Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.

“We are proud to recognize and celebrate these Inductees and their extraordinary contributions to the sport we love,” said Gus Carlson, President of the NSHOF. “Their accomplishments set them apart, and their stories will inspire sailors for generations to come. Their commitment to excellence embodies the spirt and substance of the National Sailing Hall of Fame.”

After sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, a selection committee – made up of representatives from US Sailing, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, a previous inductee, and the NSHOF Board – reviewed a wide range of nominations. (Nominations are accepted year-round at nominate.nshof.org, with March 30 as the deadline for nominating someone for the current year.)

Inductees are American citizens, 55 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media). Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations were also accepted, with a mandate (as of 2019) that three Inductees be deceased for 60 years or more as part of an effort to specifically recognize the forefathers of American sailing who helped shape the sport we know today.

The Lifetime Achievement Award inducts an American citizen, 55 years of age or older, who has had consistent involvement in sailing for a majority of his or her life and had success in the sport while also becoming successful and achieving noteworthy stature in a non-sailing career.

The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport is central to the mission of the NSHOF which was formed in 2005 in Annapolis, Maryland. Earlier this year, the organization purchased the historic Armory on the waterfront in Newport, R.I. In a building that once served as the press center for the America’s Cup, a home to honor the heroes of American sailing will be created; preserving the sport’s past while engaging the next generation in its future. Interactive educational exhibits will provide real-world applications of STEM concepts that come alive through sailing; and visitors of all ages, non-sailors and sailors alike, will experience the magic that happens when wind and water meet.

The 2019 class will be formally celebrated on Saturday, November 9, 2019, with an Induction Ceremony hosted at Seattle Yacht Club, Seattle, Wash. The Induction Weekend has also become notable as a reunion of sailing’s Who’s Who as previous inductees join the celebrations to welcome their peers into the Hall of Fame. 

Friday, August 02, 2019

Boat Tips to Reduce Plastic Waste and Pollution When Boating

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste and Pollution When Boating 
From the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water

plastic waste from boating

Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic is dumped into our oceans from coastal regions. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, at the current rate of pollution, there will be more plastics than fish, by weight, in the ocean by 2050. To help reverse this trend, here are three tips from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water to help boaters reduce plastic waste and pollution while on the water.

  1. Pack for the boat trip: Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic, less than 5mm in size, that are the result of larger plastic products partially decomposing from sunlight, heat and wave action. While we haven’t seen the full effects on humans consuming fish and other marine species contaminated with microplastics, studies show that ingested microplastics can seriously damage marine organisms. One of the simplest ways to reduce plastics aboard your boat is to fill up and carry aboard (or stash in a cooler) an insulated container that can hold enough cold water for the day instead of buying individual bottles. Invest in a set of non-breakable plates, cutlery, and food and drink containers to limit single-use plastics aboard. These efforts won’t break the bank, don’t take a lot of extra effort, and can pay big dividends for boaters and the environment in the long-term.
  2. Get your crew involved: Before heading out, provide your crew with a pre-departure briefing and remind them not to put anything overboard. Boats are notoriously windy places, and popular, crowded summer anchorages are particularly prone to wind-driven pollution. When underway, secure possessions as well as any trash below deck or in a storage container. If anything is lost overboard, or if you come across plastic pollution such as a deflated birthday balloon, and conditions permit, it may be a good opportunity — and good practice — for the captain and crew to safely conduct a man-overboard drill to retrieve the item.
  3. Recycle: If your family gets you a fishfinder, a pair of shiny, new boat fenders, or a new boat doodad for your birthday or other event, thank them profusely but unwrap the gift at home and recycle the gift’s packaging if possible. If your marina or boat club doesn’t have a recycling program for plastics and other recyclables, ask about starting one. Ensure all your boating guests know where recyclables go. When fishing, do your best to retrieve fishing line snags, and when respooling, recycle the old line instead of throwing it in the trash.


Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The Ever-Evolving Expectations of Millennial Luxury Design on the Water and In the Air

By: Patrick Knowles of Patrick Knowles Designs: America’s top yacht design firm.

Patrick Knowles Designs Yacht Design

It is indeed through our individual tastes, preferences, personalities, and sensory experiences with travel, art, music, fashion, home, food, work, architecture, technology, entertainment, and nature where we draw inspiration for design and showcase our unique, best, and most authentic selves. For those whose preference for the ultimate luxury experience is owning a yacht or jet, designing that living experience has presented new challenges and opportunities to the design landscape, particularly when it comes to the millennial generation.
As the world has changed exponentially in recent years, so has design, particularly because the millennial market is driving the consumer marketplace. Those born between 1980 and 2000 make up 25% of the global market and are catapulting new design trends everywhere, including in the air and on the sea. Capitalizing on speed, ease, efficiency, quality, and sustainability are the hallmarks of the best designs catering to this highly discerning and distinctly dynamic group of pioneers and yes - storytellers. 
Patrick Knowles Designs yacht design

Design is indeed an extension of the individual’s personality, but particularly for this generation where steering the yacht or air experience, living that experience, zoning out from that experience, and sharing that experience– in person and through the social media universe – are all of equal gravitas.
The design journey in this case begins and ends on the same high notes of minimalist, understated, and modern luxury, punctuated with scintillas of nostalgia. Sleek and sexy are key to design for millennial yacht and jet owners, but the sexiest ethos of all is the underlying theme to any and all design elements: sustainability.
Patrick Knowles yacht design

As examples, clean, white space juxtaposed with bold, jewel-toned or pastel palettes, geometric patterns and prints lend just the right touch of the unexpected, a nod to the adventurous spirit of the millennial lifestyle and personality.
Sustainability comes into play by Incorporating variegated uses of natural resources in flooring, tiling, furniture, walls, counters, and hardware through beautifully crafted stone, helping to convey down to earth riches – literally and figuratively – and embodying the artistic flair and sensibilities embedded in the uniquely distinct millennial approach and interpretation to luxury living design on the sea and in the air. 

Patrick Knowles yacht design

Patrick Knowles yacht design

Patrick Knowles yacht designLighting and technology are also opportunities to emanate creativity and originality, leveraging the most cutting-edge, yet enduring products and designs possible, while also exuding whimsy, playful and the “see and be seen”, “do and be done’, and “share and be shared” mentality of this can-do generation.

The defining millennial design traits are the piece de resistance: endurance, longevity, wellness, and a modern, highly curated twist to timelessness. These are truly the pivotal aspects to designing the quintessential millennial living experience for yacht and jet owners.

Whether it’s by sea, in the air, or on land, designing with and for this new guard of visionary mavericks is heralding a new era of design for superyachts and jets. Where this design journey will take us no one knows, but isn’t that the best and most thrilling part of any journey? Discovering the unexpected.Exploring and venturing into unknown areas. Charting new territory. The millennials are captivating the captains of design to take a leap into the unknown and follow a new compass, invoking the spirit of the renaissance and the technology revolution into one, and evoking the spirit of a modern, global design renaissance. 

About Patrick Knowles Designs

Seasoned and established in the global yachting scene, Patrick Knowles & team (Patrick Knowles Designs) have produced award winning designs & recognitions for a Broad stable of both domestic and international clients who have become long time collaborators and retained clientele. With beginnings in designing aircraft interiors for private, VIP and Head of State sectors, Patrick Knowles’ ability to capture and interpret the imagination of the world’s most discerning clients made a crossover into the luxury yachting market a smooth transition, and he has since worked with numerous shipyards in Europe, the Americas and beyond, collaborating with the likes of Burger Yachts, Christensen, Delta Marine, Feadship, ISA Shipyard, Palmer Johnson and more.

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