Wooden Skiff Caressed by Sunlight. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
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Wooden boats have a treasured status in the marine world. There are books about wooden boats. There are magazines about wooden boats. There are special boat shows and festivals around the world devoted to Wooden Boats.
One asks, "Why do wooden boats have such devotion?" Because wooden boats are not made; they're crafted. A human being must select each fitting, make each cut and bevel of the wood, and fit each part. Human hands are responsible for the design, lofting, and assembly. In short, building a wooden boat, even the skiff photographed, is more intimate. A wooden boat is personal.
Even after the building of the boat, the personal relationship with the boat persists. Every year, someone places their hands on the boats. There is sanding, painting, and varnishing. This makes a wooden boat real; it gives it personality.
The operator of a wooden boat knows the "feel" of the boat. That is how the boat handles. The sea keeping capabilities. The quirks of handling the boat in a head or following sea. The operator even knows the right throttling of the motor for each wave height.
One does not own and operate a wooden boat. We develop relationships with such boats. And like any relationship, the care of a wooden boat will inspire love and devotion.
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