Music is a powerful thing. It inspires and moves people. I’m incredibly inspired by the music of Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney. Their music paints beautiful pictures of people living soulful, free-spirited, beach lifestyles - which I love. Boats are often the central theme in many of their songs. Jimmy sings about “Changes in latitude… changes in attitude”, “Follow the Tides”, and one of my favorites, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Boat”. In Kenny’s song, “Boats”, boats are perfectly described as, “vessels of freedom and harbors of healing”.
My good friend Justine, and her mother Augusta, gave me this set of alphabet boat flags, which were in their family for years. These flags provide a universal maritime language by which the boating community communicates. I'm so honored to have them and absolutely love creating designs with them.
My Summer 2018 design collection coming out soon is called “Language of Boats”. It pays tribute to songs about boats - the stories the songs tell, the adventures they create, and the island places we dream they'll take us to. I look forward to these designs making it onto products for boat lovers everywhere to enjoy.
This week on NPR's 1A program, they dive into the life of the octopus. Did you know an octopus can unscrew the lid off a jar, take out the shrimp inside, and screw the lid back on? How about their ability to change colors and patterns instantaneously to hide from predators?
Click on one of the images if you are intrigued....
CPCoastal brand, known for its mix of modern, impressionist, and vintage coastal themed art, has released it’s Spring 2018 collections for licensing or purchase. Below is a sneak peak at a few designs.
The designs include two collections. The first, the Barefoot Collection, features the Barefoot Beach Bar, everyone’s favorite place to grab a cocktail. Best categories for this art are wall art, cocktail napkins, coasters, paper and gift bags. The second, the Ocean Plaid Collection, takes a twist on plaid with Spring colors of light blue and bright pink creating a pattern for jelly fish, turtles, palm leaves, starfish and coral. Best categories for this art are stationery and journals, cocktail napkins, paper and gift bags.
If you are a manufacturer or retailer, contact us for more information.
There are glimmers of good news coming from the BVI's in light of Irma's aftermath. This week I touched base with Andrew Buys, boat Captain and owner of Barrington Hall Yacht Charters, to find out how his company weathered the storm. BHYC provides luxury yacht charters in the British Virgin Islands. After seeing arial shots of the hundreds of boats that were tossed about by Irma, I feared the worst. Below is Andrew's update...
"The boats placed on the hard did far better than the vessels left in the water. We have overhead pictures of our catamarans and both look to be in fine condition. Both our captains will fly back in their vacation time to be on board both catamarans as soon as they are allowed to. DOLPHIN SPLASH looks good all by herself with no other catamarans near her.
All our charters for the end if 2017 and 2018 are planned to go ahead at full steam. Today I got a list a damaged vessels and did not expect our names to be there and they are not. Other agents are calling me today to place their clients on my vessels and I am moving ahead with this. We have December charters in place and DOLPHIN SPLASH is ready and able to easily get this done. We have no plans to change our calendar. January 2018 charters are in place as well, so I see no issues.
We have all been through this in the past dating back to 1990 with my wife and I. It is so close to the storm impact right now people think negative things. To a charter yacht owner it is get everything sorted out right now and it is business as normal. Here is what happens, the rains wet the ground, the grass grows, the trees shed new buds and in two weeks the island looks lush a vibrant. I have been told (by people I am in touch on the island of Tortola) that Nanny Cay has already picked up all the vessels that were blown over. The hotel is already being worked on and temporary floating docks are planned for the marina.
November 7th - 10th, 2017 is the annual charter yacht boat show at Nanny Cay Marina and the entire industry has paid to be there. I have been to every annual boat show there since 1990 and not missed one show. The marina also makes a bunch of money so they will have everything right well before November 7, 2017. Both our catamarans are also in that same show.
DOLPHIN SPLASH is ready to do charters (and will also be at the annual boats show all spick and span) so everything with my vessels is all systems go."
For more information (and a beautiful video) about all inclusive catamaran charters in the BVI's check out Barrington Hall Yacht Charters here.
Barrington Hall Yacht Charters, 2805 East Oakland Park Blvd., Suite #397, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306
PH: 954-720-0475 / 800-478-2029
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As we are figuring out how we can best help the victims of hurricane Irma, in any way big or small, we've created this design. The Caribbean Nation is stronger than a hurricane!
You can buy a men or women's T by clicking below, or on our Shop page. All proceeds received by CPCoastal will be donated to Kenny Chesney's Love for Love City Foundation.
For details on the Love for Love City Foundation, and how you can donate directly, got to Kenny's website here.
My husband and I recently visited the island of Barbados, located in the Southeast Caribbean and part of the West Indies. Wow! What amazing things we experienced. The food was delicious and the inspiration for coastal art was off the charts. The locals were incredibly hospitable and friendly. They also kept us entertained with their engaging personalities and quick wit. It seemed everyone we spoke with, no matter what their age, were quite educated and possessed a high curiosity to learn. We snorkeled and scuba dived around sunken ships outside of Carlisle Bay, sailed Hobie Cats, and swam. I even walked the plank (and jumped) and swung on a giant rope swing (landing in a back dive), off a bonafide pirate ship. I got to hold a very cute green monkey. The monkeys live wild on the island and are said to be shy creatures; although the one I held, "Loverboy Bruce", was very cantankerous.
We had a blast meeting new friends who regularly travel to the Caribbean as a way of life. Not a bad way to live! We've only been back home a day and we're already deciding on which island to go to next. Right now it's between Antigua and Grenada. Who knows, one day we may live in the Caribbean, but until then, we won't run out of great islands to visit in the mean time.
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