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Analyse Dean is one of the most charming people you will ever meet. Generous, creative, fun loving, and with a personality that can make a puppy feel inadequately cute, she is also a major player in industry.

Though her humility would not let her admit it, she has had a hand in shaping how we travel on the water, and anyone who has crossed anything bigger than a lake is familiar with her work. She’s a passionate sailor, and her craft are among the best in the world. Analyse is the mastermind behind Bandit Boats (BANBO), Boss Craft, and has been known to help other creators as well. She works with Mesh Shop regularly, and the symbiotic partnership at Dutch Harbor (link at right, under Big 7) has brought the island port to fame. In fact she has had a hand in the buildings, tunnels, layout, and culture of Dutch Harbor, making it a destination unto itself as well as a shopping paradise.

For this piece Analyse invited us to the secret lab – a sandbox full of fascinating projects that are likely to get boat lovers excited. A warning to those shoppers who are faint of heart – not all projects are as ready as they look.

Analyse was dressed for summer next to a soon to be released craft when we met. We were so overwhelmed by the sight – 180 degrees of boats and amazing buildings. “How can you keep all these projects from blurring? I made blueberry pancakes the other day, and somehow got the bacon in the middle… It’s staggering how much is going on here.”
Analyse: Hehehe, yeah, I know. And this is maybe half my projects, the other half isnt even rezzed.
“Many look like they are ready to go…”
Analyse: Well, thats relative, most of it is still pretty raw, I’d say most are at 30 to 50%, meaning it needs all the details sorted, maps sorted, all the code, all the animations, etc.
We grinned. “I guess I see lawn chairs and just assume.”
Analyse: We can do stuff quickly if needed, we had an emergency build for the SL15B, we did an entire boat in two hours 🙂
We nearly fell off the dock with shock. “2 hours… that’s like a pizza…”
Analyse: It was fun, we even built a little game around it.
“What’s next in the line up?”
Analyse: We are standing next to it, the new Bandit 50, fully BOSS3. It’s more fun to sail than its cruiser looks will make you expect, it will be a lively boat.

We chatted for a while longer until breaking news pulled us away, but we learned something else about Analyse. In her and her projects, there’s a lot more than what you see. And what you see is beautiful.

Reader game: Can you count how many projects are in the picture? Answers are after the jump!

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A newly constructed sloop by Xi Larnia is in the gently lapping waters of East River (link), and passing boaters have been awed by it’s hull.

“She’s easy on the eyes,” crooned one sailor out for a pleasure trip with her St. Bernard.

The ship is being prepped for sale and is believed to be called the Valorosa, a Geolette Class sailing vessel.

A string of new boats are out from Rubber Bunny, Astral Tek, and Bandit (in world only), and boating enthusiasts are beside themselves with rumors that more great boats are on their way. Feral Marine is prepping for one (or is it it 3?) releases, Bandit has two more slated for summer (three if the crab ship finally breaks dry dock), and other manufacturers are racing to hit the summer boating market.

“This summer is the summer of water craft,” yelled the owner of Boating Monthly from his chair in a recently released hover boat. “Hang on for more goodies!”

The expansive destination of Antiquity is a late 18th century world that has been only partly civilized. There are royal courts and scenic parks, yet travelers looking to take part in royal intrigues or skirmishes on the sea still have to brave bandits and suspicious locals. There is something for everyone, all with SPD combat (optional) and a money HUD.

Travelers seeking to role play in this exciting destination may want to bring their own vessel for excitement on the seas (Furia – Blackstone Rose Shipyards link), or take a horse to speed along land journeys (Waterhorse link)

First time visitors are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the greeting room first, then can take a guided tour (which you can hop off when you like) to see this brave new world.

Introduction notecard follows after the jump if you want a head start: Read More