Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival 2011



Weather was challenging this year. Friday was beautiful, but Small Craft Warnings were up all day Saturday and Sunday – cold, blowing hard, and raining.

We took both boats, but only got one launched. Caesura had her first dip in the water, and we took several great sails in her. Then things got a bit out of our league for untested gear.

We opted out of the race on Saturday, and it’s a good thing. There were at least three collisions – two with significant damage, and one dismasting. Sunday was not much better, so many people packed up and left early for warm and dry places.

It was a great trip, even so. Always good to see old friends again. And all the beautiful boats. Aeon, who never got off the trailer in the display area, took First Place in the Traditional Design/Modern Construction category, which gave us all reason to celebrate.

We’re definitely looking forward to next year.

Too many photos to post to the blog, but a full gallery can be found at:

MASCF 2011

Here’s a little taste:















Other folks have already sent me better photos of us sailing than we could take; though Amanda, who didn’t get to sail this time, got several good ones:






And from Tony Thatcher:






Tony’s full gallery is here:

Mountain Whimsy


And these from Ned Asplundh:







I’ll have video ready to post in a couple of days.



10 Replies to “Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival 2011”

  1. Barry, this is the event you photographed that caught my eye in years past and the reason I know of your work. I see it hasn’t lost it’s charm, nor have you lost your ability to capture the essence of a beautiful boat. I am enamored of the Crotch Island Pinky and drool every time I see one. The Stone Horse is on my list, too. I came close (I think) to getting one for free last weekend – a wood boat – but apparently someone else got it (another craig’s list folly).
    Truth be told, I’d be happy with most of the boats you’ve captured here. Yeah, I know I’m easy.
    Congratulations on your prize, though we all knew you’d get the recognition you deserve.


  2. Thanks Michael. I love that Pinky, too, though I can’t really say why. It gets my attention every time. It’s not even wood, though it looks it. A classic northeast coast design. The Stone Horse, as well, though that one is even harder to figure out the appeal, as it’s so . . . not normal? Many good boats, and I’ve yet to understand why one seems to have an unmistakably clear voice while others are certainly pretty but oddly silent. We obviously have an ear for the same type of thing, whatever it is.

  3. Hello Barry, thanks for all the postings and great photos. Congrats for winning the prize, your crafts are truly beautiful.

  4. what is the very LONG boat being rowed in two of the pictures (near the bottom) at the link. It looks like some sort of expedition style row boat, but I “think” I see a tiller. Does it sail?

    1. that’s the one. What a capable looking craft. I could imagine exploring the shallow seas of the world in it. Thanks for all the great pictures and inspiration frm watching your build. I’m in the early stages of building a Blue Jay. Seems like just the thing for me and my two kids (7 and 18 months).

      1. The Blue Jay is a great choice for a small family boat. Good for small kids, but also fast and fun to sail. A good friend restored one a few years ago. They have a one year old, and they all go sailing regularly.

        1. If you’re talking about Andy, he has been a big help sending me a cd of his boat during restoration. It’s really helped as I’ve worked through the plans. Wish I could say that progress was being made, but my little boy is running me ragged. I may temporarily shift focus and build a simple rowing skiff just to get him a taste of the water life.

  5. Great site and videos! Commenting on a very old post, but maybe someone can chime in. I’ve attended MASCF a few times in past, which led to a number of new boats in our “boatshed,” all scrounged on Craigslist and on a severe budget. Maybe this is inspiration to those that don’t think this stuff is within reach, but we have 8 small boats of various types, mostly woodies and each pretty neat in their own right, if I do say so myself. Can’t say I’ve spent more than $5,000 for the entirety of our little collection, which is astonishing to me seeing as so many lovely little watercraft can go for that and then some, and still needing restoration.

    Anyway, for 2018, I would love love love to bring one or two of our meager craft to this event, and get my son on the water (he’s 7 months today). I’d really like to talk to someone about introducing children to the water.

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