Innovation

Oroville Dam Spillway in All of its Glory

Last week, The California Department of Water Resources opened the gates of the Oroville Reservoir. Water flowed dramatically down the chute (the width of a twelve-lane highway with a center divider) for the first time since the spillway failed a couple of years and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 residents down stream. This has been an amazing feat of engineering and a project of inspirational scale that the bivouac has kept a constant interest in. It is nice to see we are capable of completing projects like this in a timely and safe fashion. Great to see the spillway working as designed as well. A thing of beauty. Thanks to all who worked so hard on the project to help ensure California’s crucial life-giving water supply. And thanks to DWR for doing such an amazing job of capturing the progress on the project which can be viewed here.

Objects of Inspiration: Cruisers Yachts 338 South Beach Edition



With so many in need these days, one has to be conscious of whether praising yacht design is something that really needs to be done. That said, companies like Cruisers Yachts deserves recognition as they are pushing for more innovation in smaller and more modest sizes these days. And they are doing so while still offering strikingly beautiful vessels. Witness the 2019 Cruiser Yachts 338 South Beach Edition.

It is a stunning yet pragmatic approach to designing a smaller yacht that can meet the needs of those setting out for a long weekend. The innovating rear seating, generous forward gunnel side storage and an asymmetric pass way through to the front bow area all distinguish the 338’s design. The rear platform even works well with the newest version of the 338 that incorporates outboard propulsion.

The rear swim platform provides a generous space from which to access the water, while an ingenious powered seat solution provide multi-position sun seating for lounging or socializing.

The generous berth below the foredeck has a modern and minimalist ambience. Thoughtful integration sinks, refrigerators and microwaves and an accessible rear swim platform all show great attention to detail and overall sensitivity to balancing pragmatism with style. A powered extending bimini top helps provide shade for a large portion of the aft deck if desired.

In a world in need of downsizing and in the age of mega yachts, it is great to see companies offering solutions that are more appropriate in the context of the world economy today that still push design forward.

Full instrumentation is provided in a functional and strikingly modern manner.