This is early yesterday morning. The sun has just crested the ridge and is peering into Great Cove; there’s virtually no wind; the tide is rolling slowly out as an undulating mirror. It’s quiet. There are no other people here to see the boats awaken.


We focus on an odd pair of residents. Martha is a gracefully sturdy 20-foot Salee Rover Sloop owned by neighbor Rich Hilsinger. She squints into the sun, languidly taking in its warmth.


Geronimo is a strong and fast 18-foot West Pointer skiff designed and originally built by Alton Wallace. She’s fully awake and eager to be let off the leash to start the day’s ferrying, pushing, and pulling for her WoodenBoat School masters. See the image in the first Comment space. (Brooklin, Maine)