Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Monday, August 29, 2016

New Work

New in the Maritime Heritage series... Red Boot (after S Brown), acrylic on canvas, 18"x18"
More at        ©2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Buyboat Reunion

I joined the northern leg of the 2016 Chesapeake Buyboat Reunion Tour. It was be my third time crewing on the F.D. Crockett out of Deltaville. She had worked her way up the Bay from Cape Charles and I jumped on at Solomons Island, Maryland for six days as we crossed over to St. Michaels. At the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons we opened the boat for walk-on tours along with other restored boats. Having been a curator at Calvert in the late 80's and early '90s it was fun to talk with old friends and see the changes in the museum's extensive exhibits.

The next morning we set out across the Bay to rendezvous with buyboats from the northern Chesapeake. We headed toward the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. There we docked with 12 other boats, gave tours, ate a steamed crab feast, and participated in the annual Waterman's Festival. Four days later we returned to Solomons and I jumped off to return to Richmond. Really enjoyed the time on the water, the comraderie and the chance to be a part of an incredible preservation activity!

Monday, July 18, 2016

96 Degrees in the Shade

Finished painting Annie's decks. Started at 0800 when the dew dried and walked away at 1130. I'm toasting myself. We are going to take down the fence and break out soon. Sun baked enamel... mighty fine I'll say.

Friday, July 15, 2016

In Progress

Seeing if I Still Have It
acrylic on canvas, 24"x24" © Curtis Bowman 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

New Home

This morning I received a note from my good friend Vera England...

John and I think of you often anyway, and are looking forward to having you crew from Solomons to St. Michael's and back. But now we think of you every day when we look at John's new painting, a retirement gift from a grateful client who had already purchased your "self portrait" for his own collection.  

May need to do some rearranging,  but it has center stage right here.

We're loving it.
best to Eleanor. 

John (restorer and captain of the F.D. Crockett) installing

F. D. Crockett (from Walker), acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"  ©Curtis Bowman 2013

It is where it was always meant to be.