Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Town Shoot Out , "Big Boats, Little Boats."

“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” - John Masefield

I thought having an open assignment this week would be fun, but weather and time were not on my side.

Up until around 4:30 Thursday evening, I had no idea what my "open" assignment would be. I just have not had time to think.

While on my way to a 5:00 assignment (my third for the day), I came across my dream place (those who follow my blog know it as Chesapeake Boat Builders where I am definitely going to stowaway on one of their boats one day), and knowing that my last post was a tiny scooter (yes, I am shamed by not having time to make new posts since then), I decided I would shoot some of the biggest things around Crisfield. Boats!

I thought about shooting only big boats, and then I figured in order to throw a little spice into the pot, I would shoot some small boats. I filtered a couple of the photos to make it more interesting.

My light was not right and I didn't bother with a polarizer, so these are more snapshots than photographs, all taken on the run.

I shot a lot of boats on land. In a few weeks, boats will be moored in slips and on banks and docks for the season. Tis the season!

Before I begin, let me say that Crisfield is truly a mecca for boaters. If you own a boat, you most certainly need to visit us. We have a beautiful bay, and Somers Cove Marina is paradise.

The above boat is our boat. It's not big, but it will sleep two and it gets us around to the islands. I shot it at Somers Cove Marina where we store it during the winter. We will be putting her in her slip next week.


I had mentioned before about the craftsmanship that goes into the boats built by Chesapeake Boat Builders. Here is sneak peak inside their shop.

This is a 50 foot boat. It takes 4-5 months to build an average boat.

This is a 65 foot boat that will be used as a research boat. When completed, it will be sailed to Alabama. I "missed the boat" when I did not stowaway on the boat that was sailed to the Virgin Islands. I am thinking I have not seen the coast of Alabama in awhile.

A 38 foot boat.

This is Jake.

When completed, this will be Jake's boat. Let me take this opportunity to welcome our new neighbors who will be docking their boat at Somers Cove Marina. I mean, Jake's boat. BTW, this boat is 44 feet in length and is just gorgeous.

“There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” - Kenneth Graham

A big "thanks" to Mark at Sea Mark Marine and to Chesapeake Boat Builders who let me tromp all over their property.


Anonymous said...

I love the water...these boats are amazing. Jake is too cute!

I put a link to you for my readers to find more shoot out shooters...I am still not sure how the backlinking works. But, I wanted to point more people in the right direction.

Meanwhile, I am going to yearn for my dream house by the sea, in a little town that serves amazing fresh seafood! :D

J9 said...

I want to live nearer the water! I'm feeling a bit land locked right now! My favs? the camo boat, the USCG boat, and the yellow sailboat. I miss sailing!

Gordon said...

You could not have had a more interesting post. Boats fascinate me. We have a boat builder here in St. Aug., also. Serving in the navy, on the USS John F. Kennedy, I was able to travel the Mediterranean. All of the boats we saw was from above, looking down. Warships don't get close to mant smaller boats, though. Lovrd your post. I'll take the dog! Thanks for the work. Gordon

Missy said...

Your snapshots of boats are awesome, the reflection of the boat and your overall compositions. Your boat is nice and cute. I miss riding on a boat. When I used to work in Honolulu, HI we had a staff meeting on the boat in the middle of the ocean overlooking diamond head and waikiki, and after the meeting we watched the sunset, those were the days hahaha....I wish we could ride a boat here in Japan. Jake is cute and he's lucky he'll have a boat soon :-)

Barry said...

Okay, that does it. I'm stowing away with you and were taking Jake with us!

Sorry Lindsay!

Butler and Bagman said...

And you are apologizing for not having time to do a great post! Bah. What an incredible collection. You must never sleep! I particularly liked the Jake Boat -- it almost looks like a dog. Where do you sit when you're sailing it?

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Great subject Patty girl!! I love them all but the Steven Thomas calls my name and begs me silently to board her. I miss being out on the water. I miss the coast period....until a hurricane blows in and then???? I don't miss it quite as much, lol......
Hugs and kisses from Newnan to you, Huey and the gang in Crisfield :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

gigi said...

It must be in the blood to always want to be by the sea and the boats. Funny thing, i don't really want to be on them, just looking at them is enough for me. I think if I was to ever start I'd never want to come ashore.

I like having an assignment as well. I guess I really like it when I know what I am doing, which is not often!

Beautiful pictures.

GingerV said...

I love your photos of boats but I like the colored ones the best. the one of the sailboat hanging in the shipyards is the best..

Joanne said...

What strikes me in some of these pictures is how very mirror-calm the water is, as though it is just patiently waiting for the vessels to arrive. Great shots!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Well our little 19 footer is no comparison to these beauties! Great job! I do love a boat...any boat!

Anonymous said...

Oh! I get to pick! I am so honored, and excited. :D

How about architecture - old and crumbling, new and shiny, in between. The beauty of structures - or the eyesore they can become. Abandoned, or bursting with life and activity, buildings tell a story.

Everyone could do that, right? I hope so. If not, I will go back to the drawing board.

Elaine Dale said...

Love the boats. I'm originally from Newfoundland, which is surrounded by water, and love to see other water neighbourhoods. I've posted on architectural details from my town.

hensly said...

Great pictures of boats in its various stages. Even though I live in Hawaii and are surrounded by the Pacific ocean I have only been on a boat a handful of times in my life. The last time I was on a boat was on the Hawaii Superferry... which of course was shut down :(

GigiSxm said...

cool boat shots

Michelle said...

Lovely shots Patty. I really enjoyed them all but favored the long shot down the dock.

Kim said...

I loved your post...I am a boater myself,(my husband just put our boat in today...) We live on it almost every weekend in the summer...I'll be posting from there on many occasion.

There is nothing better than waking up, snug in the bow,hearing the distant fog horn, and slowly being rocked back and forth as the fishmen go past onto Lake Michigan.

Ann said...

I don't know whoses Statistics, Auckland claims to have the sail boats in th eworld. So was interested to see yourblog of boats.

I have a retired Teacher in Maryland. Is there a place called Frederick?

Glad to be included in your group.



The Pink Birdhouse said...

I agree with Gordon, it could not have been a more interesting post today, good subject!! You would love it over here too, right across the border from us into Holland is a huge Marine, every shape and size boat can be found there too. We like to go over just to look around. No red ones like you had a shot of, I love that!! Some one is not afraid of being flashy!! Anyway, great photos as always. Give me a while still, not able to drive myself yet with this dang leg, but getting there slowly but surely. maybe I can convince DH to drive me around to get some shots for this week's architecture post. Sounds like a good one. And I can get pictures from the car!! :-) ciao, Debby

Patty said...

Oh, my. I wish I had time to answer everyone but this is Saturday and I have several assignments today.

I would like to welcome our new posters.

Jen has picked our assignment for next week.

"Architecture - old and crumbling, new and shiny, in between. The beauty of structures - or the eyesore they can become. Abandoned, or bursting with life and activity, buildings tell a story."

I think she added that we should make the photos, "up close and personal."

J9: I should have shot more sailboats, but I was shooting on the run and was too lazy and tired by the end of the day to walk out on the piers.

Reggie Girl, you pick a name so we can get a week ahead.

To Ann in Auckland: Fredrick is just a few hours away. Say hello to the retired school teacher from Crisfield.

Si, could that be your boating teacher?

Hensely, you need to take a boat ride!

Pink Bird House: That red boat is a beauty. It will certainly brighten up the marina. At certain times of the year our marina looks like someone dropped big hunks of confetti on it. The colors, shapes and sizes of the boats are just amazing.

Kim: I can't wait to get the boat in the water, either. I look forward to relaxing and blogging from the boat this summer.

Thanks again to everyone for participating. I gotta run.

Jessica said...

Wow! These are all incredible!

Jen mentioned these Friday Shoot Outs to me. I would really like to take part. :)

Lew said...

Beautiful shots of the boats and a great way to travel or just spend a day, unless there are storms about.

Noelle said...

LOL, I love little Jake!! The boats are awesome too!!