As you can tell from the extensive list of boat related photos, I Love Boats! They are one of my passions in life. I was born and raised around them, commissioned my first boat at age 7 (a number 3 wash-tub), my first professional career was with a major boat manufacturer, I am also a SAMS marine surveyor (for those of you that don't know, kind of like a home inspector for boats), I am a marine welder, I am a licensed USCG captain and I own a boat (two if you count the canoe. Sold the wash-tub years ago.)
To me, graceful hull lines against a watery backdrop can be a thing of beauty. Even individual "pieces and parts" of boats can be alluring; a cleat, rope, the bow, a wooden mast.
Man has always had a fascination with boats. Probably because they provided an avenue for adventure and exploration. This past summer the "El Galeon" visited St. Augustine. My father and I had the opportunity to tour this magnificent reproduction of a 16th century "tall ship". The amount of craftsmanship was unbelievable. The joinery, rigging and lighting was superb. Our course dad and I couldn't resist poking past the typical tourist novelties and really looking at how it was made. We made friends with the crew, and after much ballyhoo about our self-proclaimed expertise we got a good look at the engine room (not typical for a 16th century ship). Here horsepower was measured with man-made "iron horses" and not from the sweat of rowing arms.
With boating comes its environment. Ever changing, it can alter the appearance of a subject from day-to-day. As an example, this foggy morning of a bow just wouldn't have been the same in sunny daylight. The stillness and serenity of the moment captured a sense of loneliness and isolation. And for those with a knowledge of boating, simply put "old vs. new". Of course that's just my opinion, but since it's my photography I can say whatever I want. Draw your own conclusions.
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