Messing About with Boats

the new series is now hanging at Breadstuffs in brentwood bay

Here's a story I wrote to go with the collection of boats 

The 'Mary Lorne’

 In 1999. I bought a boat. I saw the ad in the newspaper and decided it was for me.

After paying the asking price I hauled  it home on the old homemade trailer, complete with vintage motor.  Sixteen years later, I still have the boat - with the custom canvas cover, the reconditioned motor, a shiny new trailer and an assortment of bailers (essential!) ropes, fenders, oars, and life jackets.

(Oh, and an out of date out of province Boat Operators License.)

The ‘Mary Lorne' has seen more road miles and driveway time than engine hours and needs some serious restoration -  but she is part of the family.

(She’s not as old as me, but still pretty old for a boat!)

 The same year I bought the boat I acquired a digital camera, one of the first ones on the market. Sixteen years later, that Nikon Coolpix 600 is long gone, replaced by  quite a few more (Sony Cybershot, Olympus C7070 and the Olympus 620 with its' interchangeable lenses that are now in use on an Olympus M5).

iPhone and iPad cameras far exceed the performance of the very early digital cameras. 

By 2005, I had an Olympus E-1 with its' great lenses and could make a decent 8x10 print. Then came the Nikon D700 followed by the Nikon D800, the camera I have been using for the past five years. 

 For the money I have spent on camera equipment, I could have bought five boats - or at least one that was watertight!

 So like Steve Martin in the movie 'The Jerk', “this is all I need”… my ‘new’ camera, and my tripod. My computer and my printer. And my old boat.

The boats you see in this collection were all photographed sometime in the last sixteen years, with some camera or other. One of the boats is the Mary Lorne. 

 Sherley Gordon Edey, 2016