“Free Boat.” Many of us who are boat-obsessed have turned our heads to a classified ad such as this at one time or another. For most of us, reality sets in quickly, and we move on.
Not John Bildahl. The Annapolis, Maryland-based marine photographer was looking for a new photo boat, having finally sold Xposure, the 1970 Allmand 25-foot runabout that he had resurrected a decade earlier.
In 1996 Carl and Johanna Loth designed their house in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with everything they wanted in a retirement home: a solar-heated indoor swimming pool, lots of space for family and friends, and easy access to boating waters and the Atlantic beach.
On protected Leeds Creek, their property is across the Miles River from St. Michaels, which is less than 4 miles by boat.
Acrylic painting by Keith L. Reynolds
Keith L. Reynolds’ startling, distinctive style is a combination of the real and the surreal that sets him apart from other marine artists of his generation. Here he’s taken the ordinary — a Maine lobster boat depicted in painstaking detail — and set it in a plane of blue that’s made water by the faint ripples on the surface and the wavering reflection.
Jody Dole photos
Herb and Sharon Clark still shudder at the memory of that day.
It started with the ringing of a telephone at 5:30 a.m in the fall of 2011.
“It was a friend calling,” says Herb, an Essex, Connecticut, businessman. “He said, ‘I see your boat lying on its side along the river.’ I said to him, ‘That’s impossible. She’s on a mooring in Essex harbor.’ ”
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