Time Stands Still In A Classic Boat!

WECATCHEM CLOCK 2I was out on WECATCHEM this weekend and was looking around at what will surly be a winters labor of love. Mostly an engine rebuild. But as I was looking at the beautiful Chelsea Clock on the dash that will need restoring, since it’s stuck, it dawned on me that in a strange way, the clock stopped is a metaphor of what we are doing when out on our classic boat. All the worries of of ever changing planet go away. The speed of it all is daunting, yet when I am out on my classic boat, it all slows down. So why fix the clock?


This was shot about 5 minutes later. Same time! That magic time of around 10:30 AM when you have the rest of the day ahead of you.

Maybe the varnish gods from above are trying to tell me something, maybe, just maybe they are saying. “The clock is working fine. Time stands still while you are with your varnished time machine, you have your dam iphone now if you need to know what time it is dumb ass!” OUCH, who knew the varnish gods could be so harsh, and for that matter knew about Iphones?


28 replies
  1. John Bailey
    John Bailey says:

    And take heart that the clock is correct twice each day…and maybe a woody boat is correct once each lifetime!

  2. Reddog
    Reddog says:

    There is a real nice drone video of the woods and water show on the ACBS website newsletter. Also on YouTube.

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I have one of those, but I really have the day ahead of me.

    Been thinking for years about getting her fixed. Now maybe not?

  4. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    i have a clock on my sailboat that needed a battery.

    instead we pulled the battery out ant set it at 5:00 and like the song its 5 o clock somewhere, hand me a beer.


  5. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    I have turned down offers to install a nice ship’s clock on my Lyman even though it would look nice. When I’m on the water, I don’t want to be reminded of time, schedules, appointments, meetings, places that I must be and the like.

    If I have to know the exact hour (and I am unable to accurately judge from the position of the sun-I do my boating in sometimes un-sunny upstate NY), I can rely on Verizon to remind me that time unfortunately does not stand still for long.

  6. D. Thomas Engel
    D. Thomas Engel says:

    Troy in ME, could you tell me the year of your boat in the picture and what motors might be in it? I might have found one very similar. Thanks

  7. Christopher Stang
    Christopher Stang says:

    They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast! – Dr. Suess

  8. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    Set the clock at 3:45, if anyone ask you the time tell them, quarter to four don’t ask me no more.

    • Brian F.
      Brian F. says:

      I like your logic Tuobanur!! Actually makes me wish my ski boat had a clock… My 3 year old is just getting into Dr. Suess, so those references would also go over with a laugh!! Maybe I’ll start carrying great grandpa’s old pocket watch that don’t tick no more?

  9. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    I have a similar clock on “Thisuldu”. It works just fine. I don’t wind it. Whenever I hop on a boat, my mind switches to “Island Time”.

    Mike K and I think alike – “It’s Five o-Clock Somewhere”… 🙂

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