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BUILDING BLOCKS As our product range has evolved, it now has many applications. Together with our clients, we have the luxury of choosing the right pontoon, in the right materials, for the right job. By developing the heavy-duty end of our portfolio to always be a step stronger, we’ve also become experts in floating breakwaters, able to incorporate the strongest of building blocks when designing and engineering a marina that will withstand the test of time.

Marina World FROM THE EDITOR HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: ASIA PACIFIC OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Suzanna Kovacevic T: +61 438 22 46 09 E: Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bimonthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. 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Printed in the UK by Stephens & George This and that Hybrid – a thing made by combining two different elements – gives us a favourite noun for 2020/21. A hybrid product or experience – to switch to the adjective – is something of mixed character or composed of different parts. The environment, the global pandemic and the driving force of the sharing economy have pushed hybrid products and actions to the fore out of a suitably ‘hybrid’ mix of necessity and choice. What will we keep, what will we abandon, and what will we progress as we learn to live on the right side of COVID-19? Will we push the online towards more varied hybrid concepts? How much do we crave the hands-on and face-to-face as opposed to the digital? Learning is a key example. The pandemic has been the catalyst for online ‘classroom’ experiences and development in technology has made them possible. The learning has hopefully passed muster in most cases although I’m sure that the bulk of students in many countries, now in their third year of a three-year course, will justifiably feel they’ve been robbed of a full ‘university experience.’ But, although distance learning is far from new, hybrid learning, with its mixed offering of live and online tuition, could well develop further. The same can be said for hybrid events. Many event organisers have gone to serious lengths to provide digital feed or virtual experiences and it seems reasonable that this level of investment should pave the way for a new normal. Metstrade this year, for example, will have an onsite TV studio to take the live show to all parts of the world. As the pandemic has swept around the world, many people have worked from home. And, interestingly, in the surveys and reports I’ve read, the vast majority have been happier with this arrangement. Most, however, would prefer to work from home for most of the week and spend just a day or two going out to work. A hybrid working environment is seen as enhancing quality of life and increasing efficiency as we save time travelling from A to B. The sharing economy is also a hybrid. It’s the ideal compromise; the chance to have what we want without the burden of what we don’t want and the full cost of ownership involved. Part-time is time sharing, and this gives us hybrid options. Boat sharing schemes – charter, syndicates and clubs – obviously spring to mind. And, of course, these boats are gradually adopting hybrid propulsion systems to complement the development of hybrid electric vehicles. Although some aspects of the sharing economy have been decimated by coronavirus, Airbnb and Uber as examples, these will undeniably bounce back, and the bounce could rise to dizzying heights. Hybrid offerings, in the workplace, classroom, retail sector etc., increase flexibility and, as such, broaden our choices and can even open up opportunities for those disadvantaged by time, health or mobility constraints. By offering a mixture of this and that, we provide inclusive solutions. © 2021 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Carol Fulford Editor – July/August 2021 5

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