Thursday, March 15, 2018

Around Boats in Spring

Photos by Salt Water New England

















13 comments:

  1. I noticed the name on the boathouse. I may assume that one of the DuPont's summered in and around the location of this yard and, following some modest gift, saw his name emblazoned. This brings to mind those following the DuPont's, those newly-rich members of the sailing world who try so assiduously to chop the ladder beneath them in order to remain in what they perceive to be the rare world of blue water sailing. Hence, the form "Yacht Clubs" up and down both coasts, adorn their Volvo's and Range Rover's with little emblems and sport needlepoint belts with the ensign. Meanwhile, yachting royalty, whether sitting in the bar on 44th Street in Manhattan or visiting their friends in New Zealand are completely unaware of these newly-minted knights of the waves in their fiberglass menagerie of boats. It has been my experience that staying or sailing as far away from these masters of the universe is the wisest choice. Don't you?

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    1. Those masters of the universe are almost single-handedly keeping boatyards and the marine trades alive. I'd buy them a beer if I saw them at the bar at the 44th Street Clubhouse.

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    2. Good show Patsy.

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    3. Excellent, Patsy! Thank you.

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    4. Sounds like a pretty nice life to me. Certainly no bitterness here! And fifty or a hundred years from now those "newly rich/newly minted masters of the universe" will be the "DuPonts", again keeping the boat and yacht industry alive (aircraft, too), not to mention providing a living for Volvo and Range Rover mechanics. Some of those mechanics, and maybe the club bar tenders, may end up owning the dealerships and clubs and will be then the ones buying new yachts and drinks at the clubs...and yes, may earn the right to have their names on buildings that today have not even been built yet. And how about the carpenter putting up those future buildings, who may one day be the wealthy developer, buying yachts, Volvos, and drinks at the club (with his name on the building). Oh, and BTW, how about the accounts receivable clerk at the sport belt company, who ends up as president of the company, and is able to purchase the belt company because the current owner (who has a yacht, and this time a Mercedes, and his name on a few buildings) finances said purchase with favorable terms so that he can retire, and the one-time-clerk-now entrepreneur can afford to purchase and carry on the business and provide jobs for those designing the newest belts......and buy a Lincoln or Cadillac, a new offshore fishing yacht, and a few drinks along the way. We must not forget that many throughout this chain will also establish foundations which will provide college scholarships and maybe build a hospital or two....again with their names on the buildings. Again, sounds like a pretty nice life if you ask me.

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  2. Easy now, cowboy. This is just Mystic Seaport.

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  3. Simply perfect.

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  4. I was thinking of spring, warm weather, boats and sailing ... until I woke to 15" of freshly fallen snow. Kinda put the mickey on that fantasy.

    Aiken

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  5. There couldn't be any finer supporter of sailing in Long Island Sound than Henry Dupont IV, who lends his lovely old-fashioned wooden motor yacht Nor'Easter as the committee boat to the Off Soundings Club races early in June and early in September every year. He always docks at the charming Ram Island YC in Noank, CT, the night before the regatta.

    Bluebloods? Maybe, but snobs, no. The Off Soundings Club has no club house and charges dues of only sixty or so dollars per year. The only requirement for membership--a demonstrable sailing ability and good seamanship in fair weather and foul. Members are grateful for Mr. DuPont's loyalty and quiet generosity to their very modest club and its capable members. See: www.offsoundings.org

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  6. Beautiful photos. Very nice comment @10:03AM.

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  7. Looking at these pictures I have the feeling of a true New England way of life, as it is, very nice! Can't wait to visit soon!

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  8. One of our friends told me he is considering purchasing another sailboat. Not quite a yacht but it sounded fairly large to me. He said the cost of the boat isn't that great but the cost of slip fees and other expenses very quickly add up. Now retired from the Navy, he once taught sailing at the Naval Academy and lives a stone's throw from the Potomac River. He's from Nebraska. He has crewed on several trips to Bermuda and once, to Cuba.

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  9. There is nothing like a nice walk through a shipyard. One of my favorite outings.

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