Does your megayacht have matching wheels?


In Today’s Wall Street Journal (August 14, 2008 ) Robert Frank reports about a unique “nauto” design competition. Your Range Rover, nautically inspired (subscription required) (Also see, My other yacht is a Range Rover – August 12, 2008 )

Edmiston & Company, “a world leader in the large yachting business” and Range Rover have teamed up for the first ever Edmiston Superyacht Range Rover Competition.

Seven leading yacht designers submitted designs: Andrew Winch (based on name alone should win) Martin Francis, Terence Disdale (above), Ken Freivokh, Dickie Bannenberg, Tim Heywood  (must be good because I could find their website) and Redman Whitely Dixon.

The sketches will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show next month and a winner will be chosen Sept. 25. Customers can order an actual model, for a mere €200,000 to €800,000, or nearly $300,000 to $1.2 million. While that may sound pricey, Edmiston points out that it is a bargain compared with the typical megayacht tender.

The nautically inspired Range Rovers are also fuel efficient — at least compared with megayachts.

So if you’re in Monaco next month you might want to pick up one of these “fuel efficient bargains.”

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Voice Your Choice for Rocking the Boat

top2_enviro_vte_4  I just got an email from one of my favorite maritime / environmental / youth development nonprofits, Rocking the Boat. I’ve previously posted about them here and here.

The email was about an opportunity they have to win a grant from Patagonia, one of the coolest, most environmentally conscious and socially responsible organizations on the planet. The program is called Voice Your Choice and this is from their website:

Activism takes many forms, but you can cast a vote at your neighborhood Patagonia store this summer as one way to get involved in local environmental issues, show support for your favorite environmental group or just warm up for the November elections.

Each store will profile five groups that have done something extraordinary to help restore and protect the local environment. These groups have been our partners, helping us to further our stated mission to "build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis."

rocking-the-boat-logo-thumbRocking the Boat has some stiff competition in their neighborhood with Riverkeeper, Bronx River Alliance, Newtown Creek Alliance, and Solar One, all worthy organizations.

So if by chance you read this and live in their “neighborhood” which is New York City, stop by the Upper West Side Patagonia store and voice your choice!

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Monday Morning Motivator – Presentation Skills

Have a presentation coming up? This short YouTube video will help to make it better or at least suck less. ;-)


Seriously, the guru of presentations is Garr Reynolds,  the blog master of the must read Presentation Zen. He recently published a book which is not surprisingly titled Presentation Zen (Amazon link). When you have a winner, stick with it.

Reynold’s was invited to speak at Google as part of their Authors@Google Series on March 21, 2008. From YouTube:

Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net — — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote.

Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making “slide presentations” in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.


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To London 2012: Jettison the logo but don’t abandon the ship

London 2012 logoJames Pearce of the BBC reported yesterday that:

Plans to promote the 2012 Olympics using a ship sailing around the world advertising Britain’s “cultural riches” have been ditched, the BBC has learned.

London’s successful bid team promised that the ship – named the Olympic Friend-ship – would spend four years traveling around the world.

The full-size ocean-going clipper had been due to set sail this August.

Crewed by young people, artists, philosophers and students, the ship was to be run by professional officers.

London 2012 to Shelve Ship Idea – BBC Sport – Olympics March 11, 2008

What a shame! Back on January 4, 2008, Hugh Muir wrote an article in the Guardian entitled Olympic ship plan drifts into troubled waters which highlighted that the sailing ship plan was an integral part of London’s winning bid and that environmental advocates were upset by this significant change.

In may years as executive director of the American Sail Training Association I witnessed dozens of similar grandiose ship plans never get launched. This one is really too bad because a tall ship sailing ambassador on a youth sail training mission celebrating the spirit of the Olympics would have been something special.

Frankly, I think that London 2012 would be better served to jettison their ugly logo and not abandon their majestic ship plan.

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US Navy Sets the bar pretty high in the Messing About In Ships podcast poster contest!

The first entry to the Messing About In Ships Print and Post Sticker Contest was sent by CDR Michael Junge USN, Commanding Officer USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and well I think he set the bar pretty high. Are you up to the challenge?

On 11 January 2008, the US Navy reported that Whidbey Island had fired warning shots at a small Iranian boat in the Strait of Hormuz in December. The boat was reportedly approaching Whidbey Island rapidly but stopped after the warning shots were fired. (link to AP Story)

Make sure you check out their website.

Note to John: I think we need a bigger poster!

USS Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island 2
Whidbey Island 3

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