While getting the boat ready for the past several weeks, I’ve been watching these blue flag irises begin to emerge, just waiting for the right opportunity to take photos of them. And here it is, in the soft early morning light, with nesting pairs of osprey crying in the background all around me, and the day slowly beginning to come to life.
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Our 1986 Pearson 303 sailboat, Shearwater,
is officially up for sale has now been sold, and can be viewed in person down at Norton Yachts in Deltaville, Virginia — the same place where we originally purchased her back in 2011. If you’re interested, please contact the broker, Mike Lynch , toll-free at (888) 720-4306.
Shearwater is a very comfortable sailboat for two adults, though she can sleep at least five adults in berths — or as many as seven people if they’re real comfortable with one another or small/thin in stature. She has a new air conditioning / heating unit mounted under the forward v-berth, which works beautifully during both the summer and winter months (it operates very much like a heat pump). The propane range is efficient and can cook full-sized meals, which we have enjoyed many times. The Air Head composting toilet does not require a holding tank and is completely odor free (we used it for five years in the Chesapeake Bay area and never had any issues with it). The inboard 16 hp Yanmar diesel is super clean and has always worked flawlessly for us. She also has a level of craftsmanship and extensive teak woodwork that is rarely seen on new boats today, and looks excellent for a small vessel that was built over three decades ago.
I’ve heard since at least last week that the cherry blossoms in DC are on a tear and are already popping. Uh… sorta yes and a lotta no. Continue Reading →
I always had fun with Rorschach tests in college. Depending on the specific test, I could generally find a dozen or more different things in them, especially if I was able to twist and turn the blots to look at them in different angles. I find this image to be the same way. Not all that interesting in color, but fascinating when converted to black and white, and then rotated. Continue Reading →
A hot, sweltering, crispy-critter day ashore. What could be better than taking a nice boat ride and having the breeze cool you down? Take in the sun and have something icy cold to drink… and pretty soon you’ll find yourself in that lazy, drowsy state where time just sort of drifts along and conversations slow to a crawl.
I always enjoy looking out through the windows of historic buildings and imagining what the view was once like to the original inhabitants. Was it the same as I’m experiencing? Likely not. All sorts of other structures were not there, and sometimes there was even more landscape to see.
Such is the case here.
The chain link fence that is just visible in the above image was added about thirty to forty years ago. The building beyond the fence was added to the grounds sometime after 1930, long after another building that was there had vanished. To the right of the window frame (in the image above) lies the moldering remains of a long Coast Guard depot pier, which was still fully functional in 1939 and can be seen in the photograph from the National Archives (image to the right). Continue Reading →