Here be dragons?

Managing Director - John White

Managing Director - John White

Managing Director John White inspects the hull and declares her seaworthy once more.

Welcome dear reader to your first edition of 2021. Most of the hard work from your teams and mine that went into this exciting edition was completed at the end of 2020 – and what a year that was!

I am sure, much like my dedicated crew and I, you were looking forward to some downtime after such a turbulent year. Indeed, I recall writing about ‘returning to the safety of the home port after a treacherous trip on the high seas’ in the last edition of Inside Marine by way of a reference to the trials and tribulations most of us had to contend with throughout most of 2020 with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Again, much like you, I was rather hoping that the waters would be calmer again as we returned from Christmas leave to board the ship and get her ship-shape for this year’s adventures. Alas, a squall has blown up once again and the waters outside of the harbour entrance are looking a little choppier than we had anticipated, or hoped, just a mere matter of weeks ago.

But hey! We are made of stern stuff and survived the storm of 2020, so set sail we shall with our precious cargo of magazines safely stored in the hold ready for their global delivery to you. If you are reading this, then I hope it is from the bridge or deck of your business vessel and you are equally ready to confront whatever challenges lay ahead.

This brings me on, somewhat, to talking a little about what this edition holds in store for you. Thankfully, my crew and I had a brief break over the holidays which not only gave us time to personally get the wind back in our sails but provided us with the opportunity to overhaul the good ship Inside Marine and carry out some well needed maintenance and repairs from the damage she suffered in the stormy seas of 2020.

As well as these repairs, she has also been fitted out with some new equipment in order that she is even more seaworthy and can cut through the waters with relative ease to spread your word, your news, articles, advertisements, and views to all those who would do business with you.

For those of you that may be new to my rambling writing style and tenuous links to the focus of an edition, I will just come out and tell you that this edition has a strong focus on shipbuilding and ship repair. Spot the desperate links now? Awful, isn’t it!? But you will get used to it and either indulge me or quickly turn to the far more interesting offerings that you, your customers and suppliers have talked about on the pages that follow.

So, what does 2021 have in store for us? Who knows, as many of the charts need to be rewritten after last year or are blank and need filling in as we go. I am one for looking on the bright side of life and see this as yet another challenge, likened to the mariners of old who also had fairly rudimentary charts upon which to plot their course.

Sure, it will be treacherous at times as we sail into unknown waters. Hopefully no sea monsters or dragons emerge; instead maybe some new people with whom we can trade will appear on the horizon.

Therefore, like us, all I can suggest if you have not already done so, is make ready, unravel the tangled mess of blocks and tackle from last year’s storms, get your crews assembled on deck and with one of your encapsulating motivational speeches about adventure and treasures, get the crew and your ship underway to ply your trade on the seven seas and five oceans with a little help from us as your one voice.                                                   

John White - Managing Director