The Big Picture For The Reedville Marine Railway.
The most fun part of all this project is the part where I clean up and yet leave authentic. My goal is to make it not just look like its always been this way, but feels like its been this way. The Railway is a key part of the towns texture. It’s there, and yet, not there. If that makes sense.
Since its on the water not on Main Street like all the fancy houses, part of the dance here is to keep it that way. Yet fit into place. Make sense?
Well, my feeling is to do this like an artist. Not a contractor. Preserving, not restoring, or rebuilding. To let the history speak in its true self. I know, I know, it’s rather zen like. But it’s why I am doing this.
The Zipper insanity on a building scale. Is it achievable? I am gonna try like hell. Some of the larger challenges are the stuff thats actually more modern. Getting the electrical up to current standards, safety, and well, more safety. Yet doing it in a way that keeps the ….electricity of the place going!
Of course I want to put this sign up for all the neighbors.. Shhhhh, they dont read Woody Boater. Imagine the horror! HA,
STAY TUNED, there is a ton more. Insulation, the parts room, library, and a new cool project for the town given with LOVE!
That sure is a “pretty” looking boat yard! Great design and keep up the great work.
Your creativity and imagination continues to shine through. I can’t imagine taking this on, and I’ve restored/remodeled 6 houses, 3 condos and one Chris Craft all while working full time. Of course that was over a period of 50 years. Best of luck, and I hope to come see it in the future.
Brilliant sense of humor and equally brilliant sense of design. This is so much fun to watch.
Those of us in the know call this insanity “standing in a cold shower and tearing up thousand dollar bills”.
Applies to this activity or any type of preservation or restoration involving old things.
Matt is in good company. There is a club for us somewhere……..!
Or, a small, soft padded room if you ask our wives.
If thats the diagnosis I am 100% in. I have had more fun in the past couple months doing this than alot of other things that were supposed to be fun. Like going to the beach. BORING, Theme parks. TORTURE, and Broadway.. WAKE ME UP!
Add to that cruise ship cruises and non boat related cocktail parties.
Put the sign up on April 1st
I was 100% onboard with the preservation plan…until I saw the Bunker Apartments concept art! That’s pure genius!
Did you just buy a superfund site ? Are you responsible for the contamination?
I had a phase 1 and phase 2 done. I am doing what was recomended to do. All good.
We need a drone video! 🙂
When you get the Library (great idea) up and running I will offer my complete run of WoodenBoat magazine for the archive.
John in Va.
Lookin’ great brother. Love it all. Even the Bunker Apartments. Lol.
You need to add a few Royal Palms next to the stately entrance to the Bunker Apartments.
I love your vision Matt.
“The Bunker Apartments” Excellent! When my friend built a “man cave” in a small town, the grape vine was buzzing with far fetched ideas that overflowed at the town hall meeting.
I remember this spot from one of my past lives.I had a happy childhood however as a clam,I never grew up .Last thing I remembered was entering in this big cave under a fuzzy moustache,
I think along with the Bunker apartments you should plan on having a “Pole Barn” on site.
You might like this barn better.
Haaaahahaaha, that Fish Apartment block is genius!!
So good Matt.
Looks great Matt, are the tracks and winch equipment intact? If they are would like to see that equipment.
No need for cream for a while in your coffee. There is gonna be all kinds of milking here.
I want to reserve one of the ground floor Bunker Apartment Retirement Living units!
Just wish I lived closer so I could haul my Matthews on that railway.
Yes, very pretty!
ACBS Rails and Water 2025 International. We will be there.
What vision, what art, so love the preservation route … Matt, please let the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum gang help! Is there a place for a tiny display of the history of the railway? Free-standing panel(s) maybe … I’d LOVE to help. Say yes, please! Lee at director @rfmuseum.org. Hope you are enjoying this great adventure!