Safety at sea was a major factor in our decision to build a custom boat. While we thoroughly enjoyed the performance, finish and reliability of our Swan 44 (also named New Morning), she had a classic cockpit, similar to many other production boats, which was not the safest place to be at sea. The boom and lifelines were too low and it was awkward to get to the helm, requiring a step up and over the cockpit benches to get behind the large wheel. Note in this picture how high I am above the lifelines, and how high Fay is standing to work the main sheet, right in the path of the boom. So one of our main goals for New Morning was to use design to reduce the risk associated with long passages at sea, and then complement that design with safety equipment should an adverse situation arise.