Moored In Seaweed Cove by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery
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What is a cove? In technical terms, it is a sheltered inlet.
What does a mariner look for in a cove? Well, it starts with "good water". That means that there is water that is deep enough to navigate but shallow enough to anchor or moor in.
The water in a mariners cove is clean. There is enough of a tidal current to refresh the water and keep it clean. This also inhibits marine growth on boats. Then we look at when moon tides occur to assure that there is no flooding or grounding in the tidal cycle.
A good cove has protection from the weather. In the northeast United States, we look for protection, especially from the northeast. The northeast is where the heavy storms come from. We look to the northwest in summer weather as this is where thunderstorms approach. The southwest is the direction where summer winds pipe up in the afternoon.
In the end, everyone appreciates the scenes that a cove paints. When a mariner likes a cove, more will come. Boats will moor there. Houses and services will pop up. People want to visit these places. And in the end, it becomes a scene out of storybooks and artistic masters.
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