From Reedville To Lake Tahoe With Love.
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.
OH CRAP, Almost forgot. VOTE FOR SWEET PEA! HERE.
And no Jennings Boat Yard doesn’t have a website. Thats so 1990.. HA But they do have a Facebook page.. Thats so 2001..
There is something wonderful about true “old school” which is what that boat yard is all about. Great family history that you can be proud of!
I love the idea of having them build the dingy for Sweet Pea.
I definitely like the dinghy idea, go for it.
Nice story about Jennings and the history to your family. Did you score any memorabilia or other cool stuff from Larry.
My kind of place.
Can smell the saw dust now
Yep. Old marinas with cubbys of all kinds are the best.
We are still finding things from the early years and if you want old Johnson and Evinrude outboard parts that are still here in baby jars, well, we’ve got those too.
Patina? Ambiance? World Peace? Yeah, same place and it doesn’t get any better.
Hi Bob, sorry we missed you the other day that you went to Flint. The place looks nice, Keep up the great work of preserving part of our UP North history…
Yep. Old marinas with cubbys of all kinds are the best.
We are still finding things from the early years and if you want old Johnson and Evinrude outboard parts that are still here in baby jars, well, we’ve got those too!
I so need to come up there. VERY VERY COOL!
Great story and photos!! That yard reminds me of the very first Marina that I worked at, in Connolly NY. They had built Navy Rescue boats (small versions of the PT boats) there during WW II. Most of the buildings and many of the jigs, tooling, parts and lumber piles were still intact in the early 1970’s. I learned to haul and launch boats on the railway, and to move large motors with the big gin pole. I wish I knew then what I know now!!!
Matt, thanks for keeping history alive!!
I would pay to take that tour of Jennings boatyard…really cool way to spend a day! and right here in ole VA!
Got a sail rig for my walker bay dink…sailed it first time yesterday….only sailing I have ever done….neat….
John in Va.
I voted for Sweet Pea……………………be careful there is another CC named Sweetpea .
Also loved your story.
Actually I cheated…….sort of, I used my wife’s email addy and voted for Sweet Pea ‘again”.
……………………..so u owe me two mugs!!!!
…..well, we can’t all have a globally-read daily blog and slick web skills to promote our entry into the tahoe virtual show…
But we still have the option to enter anyway, and thus we move our way thru the rocky road that for many of us is our ” 2020 “.
Its all good, all hype aside !!
Good luck to all who participate in keeping Tahoe alive !
That’s quite a campaign you’re running for Sweet Pea. Our presidential candidates could learn a thing or two from you about how to go about it.:)
What a neat story today. You’ve got to get the guys to make you Sweetpeas dingy. That’d be very cool and like completing a circle. Sweetpeas tender.
You could call it Tender Sweet Peas.
Fascinating and poignant post! And I am intrigued to entertain the thought that “The Boatress” and I are related from a few generations back.
Cool story! Yes have them build you a tender. Even if it is not a Penn Yan😂
I voted! They only let me vote once. Nothing like Chicago. I still like it better here. Where’s my treat?🍖🍖
Good job Matt. I’ll be working on a boat there today.