The Boatress at the helm of Sweet Pea
I spent yesterday off from work, and cleaning the barn from the winter of, “just throw it in the barn” stuff. Yikes. Nature deplores a vacuum for sure. As part of my break, and the sun broke out-ish, I offered up a fun quick ride in Sweet Pea and the smile on the Boatress’s face says it all. Half painted, full of dust, and that smile is ear to ear. What could be better on a spring weekend.
Slow run up the Great Wicomico
All working, I was a tad nervous about the water temp. 180. But she just sits there. Its a closed system
Old school stuff. 9 ft is still 9 ft no matter how old the machine is
how about sanding and more painting? On the good news front, I thought the entire hull was going to need to be painted and just a good scrubbing brought out a beautiful finish. So that can be done next year.
This photo is so deep in history its crazy. The boat was built here across from the stack that has been there for almost 100 years here in Reedville. I have painstakingly stripped all the years of paint of her name plate. RICE MARINE RAILWAY
The Captain, or she Tinel? Muskrat Love? Love Will Keep Us Together? Anyone? To obscure?
Like a pro, then again its in her blood
THE RICE MARINE RAILWAY CREW – L to R -Claude Bray (Boatress Grandfather) Sam Keeve, Raymond Bray, ( Boatress Great Uncle) Charlie Rice, Emory Rice, Wilson Bray, ( Boatress Great Uncle) Carl Rice, Leonard O’Brian, Jay Barrett, Albert Headly and in front Byron!
The next generation of Brays at the helm again. Claude would be Hams Great Grandfather. How cool is that.
WECATCHEM is all set and fine tuned. New Oil pressure gauge works like a charm and she just rumble rumbles like the day she was new. So, for now, all is good in the world, and I suggest YOU GO BOATING!