Bob G spent many years working on this boat and sorting out all the details with a boat builder. It was a one man job for the most part. There are still many of the functional and rigging details to work out but it's finally ready to sail. It was built from plans with the finest materials and meticulous detail. This was not the maiden voyage but only about the 3rd time it's been in the water. This was, however, the first over night adventure. I love sailing so this was a chance to get out on the water.
After some time at the ramp setting up the rig we were joined by a couple from Gainesville, We got the boat in the water and motored out the channel. It was mid day before the breeze picked up and we had motored all the way out to the last marker so we turned around and headed back with a steadily increasing wind all the way back. She sails great! Handles well at the helm and likes a good bit of wind.There was a it of boat traffic as we neared the ramp and dock area so we headed up to wind and pulled down the sails.
After we dropped off our crew in the late afternoon, we found a good spot to anchor with some other boats and got to enjoy a Cedar Key sunset. It's been years since I slept on a boat so I was a little apprehensive about the rocking motion and sounds of the water on the hull. But once the sun went down and we got a bite to eat there wasn't much else to do but hit the bunks. Sleep came instantly.
I grabbed this little 5 x 7 sketch with the Elegant Writer marker and a water brush before the sky started to show some color. I wasn't prepared with my paints to attempt a sunset painting. Sunsets are tough because they happen so fast. I really need to start way ahead of time with the drawing and get all set up with some mixed colors so when the last few minutes of color start to happen I'm are ready for it.
Sunrise is another story. I have more time as the light increases and the sky goes from gray purple to orange and yellow.
|It's so nice to have a chance to just sit and watch the sun come up. The sky changes every second from one beautiful scene to the next. Keep your eye on my newsletter and my Etsy Store to see when this sun rise becomes an oil painting|
|It was a beautiful morning sky. I can see an oil painting of this one coming up|
|It was a beautiful morning with an interesting sky|
The little 5 x 7 watercolors of the sun rise and my portable set up
Cedar Key in the morning before all the power boats launch. Given more time, this would be a challenging subject to tackle.