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Home | Work – Looking forward to the “new normal”

The first anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown has passed and the percentage of US citizens getting vaccinated continues to rise exponentially each day. Yet, life is far from business as usual circa early 2020. In fact, many of us still find ourselves making the short commute from kitchen sink to kitchen table each work day. What we thought was temporary might just be permanent. Working from home, some or all of the time, continues to be the norm for the majority of Americans right now. (usnews.com)  Like Ford Motor Company’s recent announcement, many companies have announced keeping workers remote indefinitely […]

Bob and Paul Set Sail with Zingara

We have some exciting news to share: Bob and Paul have been reunited with an old friend – s/y Zingara. And like any new boat owners, they couldn’t be more excited! We thought we’d share this re-acquaintance story with readers, giving a little background on Zingara herself, what makes her unique, and why those characteristics are as relevant to the sailing Bob and Paul want to do today as they were when Zingara was first conceived more than 30 years ago.  Bob and Paul, let’s start with an obvious question – after an unexpected year and an even more unconventional […]

Hood 57 – An Exciting Work of Innovative Design

Stephens Waring Yacht Design, in collaboration with C.W. Hood Yachts and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, brings to life this contemporary, one-of-a-kind reinterpretation of the classic Downeast style, a Spirit of Tradition design for weekend cruising and entertaining family and friends. The lucky few that can embark on the adventure of a custom yacht build usually have specific goals that bring them to our shop. The owners of the Hood 57 are no different. With many well-appointed power-yachts available on today’s market, why go custom with CW Hood Yachts?  The owner worked with C.W. Hood because he had owned smaller Hood-built boats previously […]

Modern Wood Mast: A Photo Essay

If you’re a regular reader of our newsletter, you’re familiar with our work, our yachts and our Spirit of Tradition approach to design. You’ll have noticed that several times a year, we’re able to share with you our enthusiasm as proud owners take to the seas with our latest collaborations. Yachts that combine the very latest technology and engineering with the soul and aesthetic of the classic yacht era.  In August we did just that, sharing with you the launch of s/y Italmas, a collaboration with Michigan-based Van Dam Custom Boats. But Italmas was more than a Spirit of Tradition […]

Inside Marjorie with Scot Tempesta

If you’re a fan of yachts and yachting, there’s a good chance that like us, you’re a fan of Scot Tempesta’s great work with the Sailing Anarchy website. So when we heard that Scot was featuring a walk-through of Marjorie on his YouTube page (subscribe here) we were thrilled.  Like many of our designs, Marjorie was custom-tailored to meet specialized wishes of her owner. Our client demanded particular arrangements for both interior layout and the sailing platform; for a custom project these kinds of choices are very personal. Her owner loves solid, seaworthy boats from the 1930’s—loves their looks, loves […]

High Net Worth Impact on Travel

Of the industries impacted by COVID-19, few have seen such a dramatic shift in consumer behavior as global tourism with jet-setting travelers cancelling holiday flights en masse.  And as the world continues to emerge from lockdown, hospitality and tourism players are holding out hope that high net worth individuals (HNWIs) will play a key role in reviving the sector. This month, we thought it’d be interesting to take a look at how travelers’ preferences have been impacted and consider how HNWIs will travel in the post-pandemic world. What will luxury travel experiences look like in the future? First, let’s begin […]

Stephens Waring Yacht Design and Van Dam Custom Boats Launch Italmus

The S/Y Italmas illustrates the many elements found within a bespoke project coming into alignment: committed, thoughtful owner, exceptional craftsmen, and innovative design team. From the beginning, her owner aimed for leveraging Van Dam Custom Boats’ remarkable ability to shape wood, metal and ideas to create a throwback sailing yacht – a strong, sturdy cruising vessel in the manner of a century ago, but with cutting-edge performance due to the careful use of the best materials and modern construction methods. We tend to make the shortlist for designers when sailing enthusiasts begin looking for a shop who can put thoughtful design to […]

Utilities on a Floating Home

The attraction of living on a floating home is easy to see: a life on the water, immersed in nature and the ability to enjoy both, right out the front door. The caveat for some homeowners interested in making the leap to an on-water residence may lie in the less romantic area of home utilities. At first glance it may seem that there has to be a trade-off. A house on the water must be a hassle, right? When it comes to electrical circuitry and plumbing systems…how can these possibly work seamlessly in a wet environment?  This month our exploration […]