Some say the happiest days of a yacht owner are usually the day of purchase and the day of sale. While this might be true for some, the emotional bond between owner and yacht is deeper. The passion for yachting and ownership are not always linked, allowing for different ways to participate. Shipwrights and boatbuilders, for example, are part of this by creating something very special. Some of them would not describe themselves as yachtsmen while certainly having a strong passion for yachting.
Taking this one step further, we can look at the linked yet separate world of yacht model making. In this miniature world we can recognize the same emotions slightly transformed through small scale. Much more is left to our imagination and things are suggested and inferred rather than actually existing.
The model maker goes through very similar stages in the building process: the study of the boat lines, the selection of proper material, timber type, all with some twists. Sometimes the actual material of the model is very different from that of the actual yacht, yet it draws from boatbuilding techniques on one side, while striving toward the aesthetic similarity between the finished model and the actual yacht. It is a tactile journey of materials and tools very similar to the one made by shipwrights in every yacht construction.
For the future model owner: the rewarding feeling to the eyes and soul of owning something very beautiful and unique, to be admired again and again. Satisfying emotions similar to that of boat owners, enjoying the view of a freshly launched yacht, being this a new construction, a restoration or simply the seasonal launch after winter maintenance. Winches that spark and topcoats and brightworks that shine immaculate. A yacht model in our living room will allow us to relive those moments in a different way, also for the unfortunate of us living far away from sea for long periods of the year.