Despite the title, Boat International is a lifestyle magazine for those of us who love luxury yachts.
Long ago and far away I was offered a skipper's job for a new yacht delivery company, sailing these expensive boys toys from the Med mainly, to the East Coast of the USA. But that's a tale for another day.
Today is about the serendipity of nauticalia. Come with me to Croatia in 2012 where we were surrounded by such craft at the delightful southern town of Cavtat. There I grabbed this photo of Fair Lady, a 40 metre crafted creation of teak, steel, mahogany and brass, built in 1927.
In September 2016, almost five years later to the day, our local anchorage was blessed with a visit of an altogether more contemporary superyacht, strangely named Yacht A. Of course, like many others, I grabbed this photo with my zoom lens extended to its fullest.
Which brings us to serendipity or the strange phenomenon of happenstance.
I buy Boat International on impulse, maybe once or twice a year. It is a mega magazine that oozes luxury from its half inch thick 250 pages that weigh in at 2lb 11 ounces.
The May issue was a must for me because it was headed 'The Design Issue' That is always a magnet that attracts my attention, even if it does mean shelling out £4.99...a very modest outlay compared with many lesser magazines.
BUT NOW IT ALL COMES TOGETHER ...
This copy carries a superb illustrated profile feature on the design genius Phillipe Starck who created Yacht A.
Then, tucked away on another page, there is an advertisement offering Fair Lady for sale. If you have €6.25 million that is burning a hole in your pocket ...?
I leave you with another couple of shots, Serendipity of the aluminium, carbon fibre and plastic variety. And if you don't recogbise her flag it is that of the Pacific Atoll, 40 miles long and 20 miles wide, named Marshall Island and a popular port for yacht registration.
Thanks for coming aboard. Bon Voyage!