A sorry state

Our village is by the sea and there is a small marina and boatyard; the boatyard and the moorings along the River Axe have a large number of different boats. Some are yachts and dinghies and cruisers, and there are others which were once working boats, fishing boats, pilot boats, admiralty boats… all sorts! We often walk down to the boatyard and look at them and photograph them and they are a constant source of inspiration for my husband to paint and draw.

because we go down so often we get to know the boats and we see some of them in various stages of repair and disrepair. Boats re such lovely things, I can quite understand why a landlubber might see one, fall in love with it and buy it without realising the cost of keeping them. It isn’t just the mooring or storage fees, it is the maintenance and repairs and in some cases renovation… they cost a lot of money!

One of the subjects my husband has drawn and painted over and over again is  the boats which have been abandoned, charting their decline. we had seen the boat in my featured image for quite a while; it had been bought by someone who fell on hard times and first he lived on it, then he moved away, abandoning it until it was barely seaworthy and not paying the mooring fees. When he was obliged to pay up or move it, he decided on the latter course of action… and you can see the result. He was inexperienced, or careless, or ignorant… whatever… he didn’t appreciate the peculiarities of the tides round here and in trying to sneak it away he got stuck… the poor boat, like a wounded beast was washed over by tide after tide, and eventually, because it was blocking the channel it was removed… in bits!




  1. david lewis

    We have a marina in our town with various size boats from small to good size yachts.About one in three have a for sale sign on them. The owners of the small ones want to sell and get a bigger one and the ones with the bigger ones want to down size because they can’t afford it or just want out of boating altogether. The cycle never seems to end and new boaters seem to have to learn the hard way or just won’t listen to sense. It’s almost like a drug addiction. I never got the bug and if I want a boat I rent one. I like fast cars myself or used to. Now it”s cold beer and reading your blog.


    1. Lois

      True – same here… but we also get so many people who buy then realise they can’t afford it or lose interest… it’s terribly sad to see these boats, some of which were expensive craft just gradually fall to pieces and ‘die’. I wanted to live on a boat… just a little not practical dream! So… I’ll have an English room temperature beer and write my blog!!


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