Nature’s splendor is more than a backdrop for those who make a living at sea.
“In the recurrent rhythms of tides and surf and in the varied life of the tide lines there is the obvious attraction of change and beauty. There is also, I am convinced, a deeper fascination of inner meanings and significance.”
— Rachel Carson, Edge of the Sea, 1955
The coast of Maine. Winslow Homer didn’t discover it, but the 19th century dean of American marine artists made it famous.
Making a decision to buy or sell a boat can be amazingly stressful. People take sides. People get attached.I’ve seen two people look at the same boat on the same day and hear one say, “My life will end if we don’t buy this boat!” and the other say, “Your life will end if we do.”
While looking for a home on Maine’s premier sailing waters Sam Rowse discovered the Carriage House, a run-down stone castle-like structure in Camden.
The New Hampshire resident was drawn to the turreted building because of “its uniqueness, its history, the work required to restore it and its proximity to Penobscot Bay,” Rowse says.
It’s early November as I write, and the deep-water sailors who like the mouth of the Chesapeake as a departure point for the Caribbean are ready to go. The insurance companies that have latitude restrictions generally lift them Nov. 1, so there are usually some departures at this time, including the Carib 1500 and Salty Dog Caribbean rallies.
James Iams has been painting the bays, backwaters, creeks and coves of Maryland’s Eastern Shore for more than 60 years. “Abandoned Workboat,” a 12-by-16-inch watercolor, blends the knowledge of a sailor and the eye of a painter in the subtle shades used to depict the wintry gray sky and the pale, decaying workboat beached on the brown marsh.
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