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!