As horrific as the pandemic has been on the planet, like anything, it’s brought us positive things. Sorry, it’s my curse, I see the positive in everything. Sadly traveling to see our friends and loved ones is almost impossible, but on a positive note, I have explored many of the areas around me. Like my home, and seeing people in my own backyard. WOW! I know seems rather obvious. But sometimes we are all wound up in whats in the next door neighbors yard, we miss our own little universe.
I thought at first entering Sweet Pea in the Lake Tahoe show would be fun and yes it is. BUT a strange emotion swept over me when I saw here there with some of the worlds most amazing water craft. This is the Pebble Beach of our community. And there right in the middle of majestic varnish is a Trawler Tug from little Reedville VA. And you know what? Why not? In fact, she belongs out there for the world. Standing, floating for all the small towns and little universes in our back yards. The Shilo Boats, the smaller brands that are so small, that the term brand almost seems to large. But everything is a brand. And Rice Marine Railway was a brand. A well respected brand on the Chesapeake Bay, and get this.. It’s still is.
It’s now Jennings Boat Yard. And Larry Jennings is the nicest guy around. And worked with many of the guys that built Sweet Pea. Then named IRISH MIST. So we went over and walked around and explored with Larry’s blessings. My Son Ham is here for the week, so he was able to see where his family worked and made boats in the area.
And then into the small original building. Its the office and a little parts area. With still all the bins and some old fittings.
So, have I gone off the rails? Tell me how you would feel being able to tour GarWoods shop, that is still in use, with all the same stuff around. Not a museum, not a restored version of it. But it for real and in continuous use. Thats the wonderful thing about life here in Reedville. Why mess with perfect? No need to restore when its not in need. No need to change, adapt.. It works. Well. And is timeless. And that to me, is what is true, and seeing and feeling it, living it is one of the true gifts of 2020. now if you will excuse me, I need to go spray for Murder Hornets.
And no Jennings Boat Yard doesn’t have a website. Thats so 1990.. HA But they do have a Facebook page.. Thats so 2001..