You Live, You Learn
Perhaps my favorite find of the show was from a German builder, Aguti Yachts. We could debate all day long about the wisdom of naming your gorgeous new yachts after a South American rodent, but there is no doubting the charisma of Aguti’s 20-meter model, which reeked of designer Andreas Grieger’s personal passion. Its shape contained the echo of downeast lines, taken to a whole new place by a wildly rounded transom crafted from mahogany and featuring a huge aft sun pad. Behind the glass doors that fully opened to the salon was a sexy helm with a view across a sweeping, bare-teak foredeck. Her sheer, impractical beauty and the marriage of traditional craftsmanship to new ways of seeing resulted in something like one of those old-movie slaps across the face: Get a hold of yourself, South. You can improve tradition by combining it with modernity.
And that brings me back to Henry James. He also said, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” and I am going to have to disagree with him there — unless “tea” is a euphemism for “cocktails.” Let’s raise a toast to the dreamers of our pastime who keep our passions fresh.
Stanley Paris embarks on what he hopes will be a record-breaking voyage.
From the sheer line to the flying bridge, this NISI resembles a trawler yacht but rides on a semi-wave-piercing, planing bottom. Her unique styling always turns heads. By Dennis Caprio
Stanley Paris and Kiwi Spirit head off to Lyman Morse in Thomaston, Maine to be readied for the Solo Circumnavigation.