It's an exciting time for Grand Banks and Palm Beach Yachts. So much new product coming out and an exciting line of clients ready to captain their new yachts. Flying over to Malaysia was no quick trip but well worth the time. The smells, the light and the air are all different here. Being halfway across the world is eye opening and reminds me that we are all on this one big planet. The people couldn't be nicer and it's a pleasure collaborating with the design team.
There's something about an end-of-season snow storm that inspires me. We stay indoors, we look around, cozy up and find some inspiration. Joe and I bought this 1813 farmhouse a little over a year ago...the projects never end...and you know what? I don't want them to. Just like the Morris, our house is just another canvas. When we let it flow, it's amazing what bubbles to the surface.
I've been working with Morris Yachts for a few years now...but I was excited when I got the call to collaborate with Sunbrella Fabrics, North Sails, Raymarine and Awlgrip on the 10th anniversary of the Morris Yachts M-Series 36' sailboat. This is a beautiful, classic daysailer. Driving up to Mount Desert Island, Maine I was thinking about how I've used Sunbrella for years...but never for the ENTIRE design of a boat. But, as you know, I am always up for a challenge. I met with the creative director of Sunbrella, Gina Wicker and her team. Turns out, I was not just outfitting the boat, but participating in a project called "Perspective New England" where a yacht, an airstream and a beach house would all be outfitted with Sunbrella Fabric. Gina showed me so many products that surprised me. We all know that Sunbrella is great for outdoor furniture, awnings and dodgers...but I was pleased to see that there were some lush, linen like fabrics that I am happy to employ down below...She also revealed to me that there is a new embroidery thread coming out that has the same properties as Sunbrella in that it won't fade or mildew and is totally cleanable. The interior of the M36 is a total clean slate...The wheels are turning like mad. Here we go!