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3 SVN Solovelanet Global A few days ago I was reading a book written by a friend of mine, a technical book about safe boating, when I was struck by this sentence: "It is well known that boats are promoted as status symbols" and a little further on, to demonstrate that concept, "I don't have to remind you about the num - ber of pictures of boats sailing with beautiful girls in bathing suit on their bows". In reading it, I realized how we can get stuck with ideas that have turned into stereotypes even when they are no longer in sync with reality. It's been about twenty years since the marketing departments of major shipyards stopped using pretty ladies on the bow to attract buyers hoping to be the alpha male behind the wheel staring bravely at the horizon. And at the lady. In presentation videos, shipyards no longer seem obsessed with the necessity of ending every story with a casual shot of a perky female bottom. Nowadays, shipyards have realized that a sailing boat is used by families or couples or socializing with friends. While you might still see pretty ladies sporting bathing suits, we are after all on a boat, this occurs in more homely settings emphasizing friendly interaction more than languid seduction . Images of vacationing families or couples and the occasional a group, but children are never missing. A long way from the stere - otype of the James Bond skipper whose boat was a tool of his womanizing trade. The average user has matured, is more cultivated, perhaps socially more accomplished. The boat is a means of escaping the stress of are usual lives rather than something to show off in society. There are obviously exceptions, but they are mostly confined to the world of superyachts where there is still a competition about who has the biggest. Sailing boats purchased as status symbols have had their day. Having a nice boat of course can still be a sign of success and status, but for the average yachtsman this remains a secondary motivation, when it is there at all. And the idea of sailing as an activity reserved for would be successful alpha men, a highly dangerous activity reser - ved only for brave navigators, is frankly ridiculous notwithstanding all the dramatic yarns spun in many sailing books. The truth is that the number of deadly accidents occurring in a year can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Sailing is a fun activity for normal people with normal lives. Maurizio Anzillotti Maurizio Anzillotti The boat as a status symbol There are still those who believe that sailors choose to buy a boat as a status symbol, an expensive toy to show off to their friends. Whoever thinks so is stuck in the nineties. EDITORIAL

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