Signs of life in the boat market give us a clear indication that 2011 is looking up. A number of exciting things on the horizon point to improvement and lots more fun on the water ahead.
One of our leading indicators is seeing Mr. Cooper back building boats. Brian Kell of Grand Yachts said recently that the best way to find the bottom of the market is to watch Forbes Cooper. More than any other indicator, his sense of timing in the past 40 years or so has been absolutely uncanny.
We're also seeing a number of people back enrolling in courses and the 2011 lineup is the best ever - with new programs, exciting twists on old ones and a general overhaul on programming and a quest for our new TOP FUN instructor ranking.
We're just off the water from the JIB SET polar bear cruise and the old bear has had his one trip out of the crow's nest for the year.
Beyond that, for sailors, the looking up has another connotation - look up and watch the sails. A great tip to get you sliding along a little quicker this year.