What does the America’s Cup SF 2013 Race, davits, and UMT International have to do with each other? Everything!
America’s Cup SF 2014 and UMT International would seem to have nothing to do with each other, at first glance.
The 34th America’s Cup, held in San Francisco this year, brought sailing to the forefront of World pop-culture. The events extra races, giving the trailing Oracle / USA Team the chance to come from behind and catch the leading Emirates Team, captured the imagination of the causal sports viewer, as well as those who had no previous interest in sailing before.
And even though television ratings for the 34th America’s Cup could have been better, the fact is that the event drew standing-room-only, traffic-jamming crowds of many thousands to the San Francisco Waterfront.
With those audiences came talk of sailing terms few had heard of before: port, bow, stern, and davits. Write about how a friend was talking about davits and you had to look up what they were referring to. And that’s where UMT International comes in.
“UMT International” is UMT Marine, and they make and sell davits. According to Wikipedia, davits is “a system that is used to lower an emergency lifeboat to the embarkation level to be boarded.” It’s something we see everyday, and many times during America’s Cup SF, and didn’t even know it, in most cases.
Well, UMT Marine has many types of davits, from those designed for the economy-minded yatch owner, to ones created to withstand high wind conditions. For more on the kind of davits UMT International makes, visit their website here: http://www.umtmarine.com/