Forward is a steel-hulled cruiser rescued from the scrapyards by Minnesota native Paul Olson. Featured in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of PassageMaker, the story "Dare to Dreamboat" is composed by Paul and follows the story of Forward from the desire to pilot something larger to a place beyond the Great Lakes through the boat's final commissioning.
In late September of this year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Olsons as they explored New England for the first time. I met the couple at the Brewer Plymouth Boatyard, just a lifesaver's throw from where the Mayflower II is tied up. There that I shot the boat's interior under a late afternoon sun and told the Olson's of my plan to snap photos of their boat as they traversed the Cape Cod Canal the next day.
The inside of this cruiser is truly remarkable. Not in a flashy, 3-inch think marble countertops and mermaid embellishments way, but in a home-y feeling. I have spent lengthy amounts of time on several different boats of shapes and sizes, but they way Forward come together with its light color palette and beadboard paneling really felt like a vacation cabin more than a liveaboard.
With the break of the next day's sun I again hopped in my trusty land yacht and sped down Route 3 from Boston. With no assistant and no chase boat on the shoot, I spent the night before scouring google maps in search of the ideal vantage point from the shore. As with all things boat, the shoot required a lot of improvisation as the day progressed. We were hoping to find a nice "New England style" background (think houses on green sandy bluffs etc) to put behind Forward.
Despite most of my preplanned positions being washes, the backdrops of Megansett Harbor (Where the Olsons would spend the night) and the residential area across from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy suited the floating home perfectly.
Be sure to look for "Dare to Dreamboat" in our upcoming issue (on newsstands 12/23/14) and be sure to check out the photo gallery web extra here.