I get a lot of calls from people with questions about going into business bulding boats. It can be hard to be realistic about the business while your head is stuck in the boat. Here are some of the questions and some long winded responses.
On a cold day last November I joined a camera crew from England on my friend Pete's boat Eyes of the World and pounded out into Long Island Sound. The goal was getting some footage for an ad for sunglasses. Persol makes high end sunglasses and were putting together a series of "documentary" videos on craftspeople that they felt somehow represented something about the Persol brand. The crew spent 3 days in town, getting footage in my shop and on the water. I'm not sure how it sells sunglasses, but the video above is the result.
About a month ago I got a call from Time.com. They were interested in using me and my boats in an ad for Lincoln. They had a very short turn around time and at first it looked like I was going to be away in Wales, but they had a little slippage in their schedule and they were able to fit me in when I got back.
I don't and won't sell my mailing list. I collect a mailing list of people who would like to receive a newsletter. This is strictly "opt-in".
If you like to have a little reading material hanging around the house I've put together a print version of my plans catalog.