Our love of boats is like a dance. Designing them can also be a dance; an intimate involvement between designer and client. As with everything we do on the water, We’re in it together!

We seek boats because they enrich our lives. The boat itself is not all of it. There’s the world it carries us into, helps us explore. Contemplating a new boat we come at this prospect with a tangle of expectations. It can be difficult to sort them out.

Our best chance of a good result is reached if we seek clarity. We often think we must begin with answers. What if we approach designing a boat with curiosity for the questions our search raises?

I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about the intersection between our expectations, acceptance, and how our evolving relationship to these attitudes effects our ability to find joy, to find meaning in our lives. It seems to me that this has a lot to do with why we love boats.

It may seem too much to consider; too much to pile onto something as seemingly straightforward as a boat; to bring up these philosophical questions. Whether we want to or not, whether we enjoy teasing out the nuances – or prefer to just wing it – “know what we like when we see it!” – these questions are there. Whatever we do will either bring us closer into alignment, at the intersection between what’s possible and what we think we want; or leave us in frustration and confusion, wondering why our efforts don’t gain traction.

Boats are vessels. A vessel is both a container and a mode of transport. It holds all that we put into it. It also holds vast stores of meaning whether we’re aware of them or not!

Boats take us places. In the obvious physical sense they help us cover distance. This is also true of life. Boats take us through time in ways we hope will nourish us and bring us joy.

I’ve long been frustrated that there wasn’t a forum where we could discuss these rich implications. A place where designers, others interested in boats, and those seeking a new boat could meet and talk about the wide range of what boats can and do mean to us. Especially in these hard times; it’s essential we not waste our efforts and our assets on projects that can only offer meager returns; simply because we haven’t given the matter enough consideration.

Dreaming about boats, reading about them, imagining ourselves in various scenarios; have been part of our lives for as long as we can remember. I know this is true for me! I expect it’s true for you, or you wouldn’t be here!

I hope this approach is of interest to you. If so, follow the discussion as it unfolds at Boats for difficult times.

This site will showcase my designs. Peruse the posts and check out my design projects.

I look forward to our conversation.


Published by Antonio Dias

My work is centered on attending to the intersection of perception and creativity. Complexity cannot be reduced to any given certainty. Learning is Central: Sharing our gifts, Working together, Teaching and learning in reciprocity. Entering into shared Inquiry, Maintaining these practices as a way of life. Let’s work together to build practices, strengthen dialogue, and discover and develop community. Let me know how we might work together.

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