What a difference a two hour boat ride can do! WOW! its like every tension, problem and whatever, just poof vanished, with the turn of a key and twist of a throttle. This is the time of year here in Virginia that can be spotty, but when its nice, it’s breath taking nice. And yesterday was one of those special days.

The Boatress at the helm, Ham and Kelsey enjoying the ride

Flat water, crisp sunlight, and 75 degrees. natures AC was cranking and we all just had our way with it all.To top it all off, the Van Ness W is running like a sewing machine, head bolts are staying tight, no oil consumption, and things are settling in. Even ran her full throttle for 20 minutes flat out. She liked that alot. So that was that.

Running and running

I am off to Canada this week for another shoot, and that may have been my last gasp. Although I am hoping to have one or two more rides. There is something special when you think that it may have been the last though.


Basking in the sunshine!

The happy couple here from NYC for the weekend

Miles of smiles

Wicker Sister

Clif and Rita did a drive by

The Boatress enjoyed driving while I hung off the bow with the camera

Our Faribault Blankets are the best!

We stopped for lunch at the Crazy Crab in Reedville. For the record, backing into a slip in this boat is not for the faint of heart. Yikes,

And then more Woody Boating.

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19 Responses to “All Is Well In The World! Boat Ride Therapy Session Complete!”
  1. RH in Indy

    You do take some beautiful shots from the bow- that is not for the faint of heart either!

  2. Troy in ANE

    Glad to see you made it out on the water.

    Yesterday was beautiful here also. We made it to lunch at Trevett Country Store and after lunch went for a drift through Ovens Mouth. Depending on if the tide is coming in or going out we start at one end, shut the engine off, and simply drift with the current through this pristine land trust. Very Therapeutic!

  3. Ranger

    Double dog dare you to try and get those shots from the stern of our barrelback 😉

    Glad you all had a great day!

  4. John Rothert

    great day in VA…nothing like it!

    Paddled on the James River yesterday…perfect weather…took a nap with girlfriend on a rock mid stream…good for the soul.

    John in Va.

  5. Rick

    Great shots. Impressed that you can routinely climb over the windshield without cracking the glass. I did it once, replaced it and never did it again.

  6. chuckie

    after your award winning video of how to get boat on trailer a while back it is time for a repeat performance of backing into a slip sober

  7. Wudzgud

    Still waiting for a dry day here in Northern Illinois to get out.
    Matt, where is the picture from the helm of you holding on to the bow to take the pictures. The shots are great and you have obviously mastered the art. Would just like to see how it is done.

    • m-fine

      It is done with a bunch of complex gear and state of the art safety equipment…oh wait, no it isn’t! Actually, Matt is much more agile than he looks. He simply walks around the windshield, his trusted assistant hands him the camera, and then takes shots laying down and standing up.

      Step 1:

        • Wudzgud

          Agile is not the word for it. I though there was a selfie stick involved. No it is a Matt stick. Holy crap! And the expensive Nikon to boot. I will wait to get more experience on the bow with nothing in my arms.
          Thanks for the step by step instructions. I would be step 5: Splash!

          • m-fine

            Step 5 was hand the camera back. During step 6 is when the driver slams the boat into reverse. At least that is what I would do. Perhaps that is why Matt doesn’t let me drive anymore.

  8. Mark

    Two most relaxing things in my world are fishing and woody boating. I did both on Saturday and actually caught a fish so it was a great day.

    And yes I get a lot of funny looks fishing out of runabout but I don’t care.

  9. Woodydiva

    I drive from the 2nd largest city in the US to 5200 ft…Just the approach makes my heart pound. The ritual starts, taking off the cover, putting in my flags, giving her a good polish, then just turning over the engine ( praying like mad that it starts! ) and the beautiful sounds of the exhaust pipes in the water…untie, pull in the buoys…..and I am off!
    The cobwebs, the angst, the toughest about what a crazy scary world we are living in, all start to clear…and all is good in the world for a few hours and I thank buddha for the huge gifts I have….one being my Woody!….and the song in my hear always ….Heaven, I am in Heaven….

    • Woodydiva

      HA….read this back to myself (sorry about the auto correct spelling ) and I realized it is all very Freudian….oh well!…..at least it’s not fiberglass!

        • m-fine

          If he keeps losing weight, it will start to get harder. It is not easy to tell from the pictures but we were moving along at a good 20+ mph when I shot those. If he gets too light, he will blow right off the bow!