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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Black Swan

The following video on YouTube is about the launching of a hand-made sailboat into the Hudson River under the shadows of the Tappan Zee bridge in Nyack NY.

The classic "catboat" was built by Peter in his garage over the course of a five year span (working part time). I remember on my last visit he was carefully warping the mahogany strips to arch at just the right angle to form the hull.

The sailboat is named "The Black Swan" to reflect the notion of an improbable, unexpected, high-impact event:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory

The hull is also finished in a natural oil that makes the dark mahogany wood look black.

The nine minute video features the river town coming together to celebrate the boat's launching with a parade, music, and song. In addition to Peter (who doubles as music director), Laura and their loving dog Oscar share in all of the excitement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9EPp5QK0h8

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