Sometimes that’s a bad thing for a sailboat – leaving a mark such as bottom paint on a rock, or gel coat on a dock or (horror of horrors) another boat. In Horta, when a boat leaves her mark, it means the skipper or crew have added their painted sign to the thousands along the quay and docks.
And I do mean thousands.
Along the break wall.
Along the road, inside the harbor.
On sidewalk, wall, post and concrete piers.
Some are ornate painted by folks with artistic ability.(And often a sense of humor.)
Another family depicted their members and crew in a charming fashion.
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We took this photo for our dear friends on S/V One White Tree and S/V Ainulindalë
Kathleen from Baltimore is on a boat that stopped off on their way to the Med. She is a designer and architect and has offered to help out a few boaters leave their mark. Here, she is doing the job for Barbara of S/V Turtle. Both Barbara and Turtle can be seen in the background.
I met Mal who left his mark because his two crew, Preston and David, bought the paint and shamed him into it. They did not help with the artwork, which is a little better that both EW’s and my artistic skills.
Mal offered us his left-over paints. And I accepted, but asked EW to do the work. We both agreed on small and simple and we each independently found the perfect spot – and it was the same spot. (We are that in sync. Sometimes.)
I prepped it, and applied the blue base while EW planned the space.
You can’ t tell from the photo, but EW is standing on a slanted wall, that was quite slippery. I handed him the paints.
Finished. Yes, I made him add in the “EW”. After all, that’s how folks will know it’s us.
The photo of the two of us was taken by Mike, a solo catamaran sailor from Great Britain. We gave him the left-over paints when we were done. It all works.