Marina Walk by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

July 06, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

There are two very distinct aspects of a marina in summer. During summer mornings, marinas are a hive of activity; yard workers are busy, people are preparing their boats to go out for the day or are already underway, transients are preparing their breakfast, and all forms of marine work are being done.  Later in the day, the second aspect of the marina life eases into the evening. The boats are in, the engines silenced, the sails are furled and stowed, the sunlight softens, and even the water quiets. 

I have experienced both of these aspects of marina life. You see, there are two types of marina people. There are those who wear boat shoes and those that wear work boots. I have spent most of my life in work boots. I have worked on, sailed on, and surveyed these boats since I was young. Sometimes the work was to pay for my own boat and the slip it was in. So I have always enjoyed both aspects, but have always felt that there was a certain after-hours privilege in being able to see the calm side as much as being involved in the activity. 

I have been able to introduce my wife and our boys to these things. It's the perspective of a guy who worked for his supper on boats, became a skipper and a marine surveyor, and then went on to other pursuits in information technology, engineering, and business. But when I need to relax or kill some time in the summer, it is to the marinas that I return. In this case, it was the Marina Park area of South Kingstown, Rhode Island where my wife and I wandered as our musical children took some time in their "Summer Strings" program.

Here I cover some of the scenes of summer (and there are more to come)... 

Note: All of these photos are clickable and available at Made From RI Gallery as photos by Keith R Wahl. 

The Venerable Work Skiff: The venerable and unheralded work skiff, the unsung hero of any boatyard. Setting moorings, moving boats, making repairs, rendering assistance, these boats do it all.

WorkSkiff_20200702_850_0060HDRThe Venerable Work SkiffThe venerable and unheralded work skiff, the unsung hero of any boat yard. Setting moorings, moving boats, making repairs, rendering assistance, these boats do it all.

Shimmering ClassicClassic sailboats, hard-chined and showing their plywood design origins (replete on Point Judith Pond) shown shimmering in the late day light in a scene typical of the Narragansett and South Kingstown area.

ShimmeringClassic_20200702_850_0096HDRShimmering ClassicClassic sailboats, hard-chined and showing their plywood design origins (replete on Point Judith Pond) shown shimmering in the late day light in a scene typical of the Narragansett and South Kingstown area.

Sailboat Docked Bow View: Sitting at the dock at Silver Spring Cove in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, a classic sloop hull form is at rest in the early evening.
SailboatDockedBowView_20200702_850_0053HDRSailboat Docked Bow ViewSitting at the dock at Silver Spring Cove in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, a classic sloop hull form is at rest in the early evening. Catboat By The Dock: Catboats are a favorite of mine. I can spot one from miles away. This is the type of boat I grew up admiring and sailing. Catboats have a workboat heritage that has evolved into practical and versatile pleasure sailing.

CatboatByTheDock_20200702_850_0087HDRCatboat By The DockCatboats are a favorite of mine. I can spot one from miles away. This is the type of boat I grew up admiring and sailing. Catboats have a work boat heritage that has evolved into practical and versatile pleasure sailing.

Galvanized CleatAn unoccupied galvanized hollow cleat fastened to the dock and illuminated by the late day sun, reflections of a spile in the background. So ubiquitous in their presence that they are almost neglected until needed.

GalvanizedCleat_20200702_850_0026HDRGalvanized CleatAn unoccupied galvanized hollow cleat fastened to the dock and illuminated by the late day sun, reflections of a spile in the background. So ubiquitous in their presence that they are almost neglected until needed.

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