The problem is this: here is a fine-looking, well-built, working boat sitting on a beach.
It’s not in its original condition. The hot sun shines on it every day, the seams have opened, a piece of the forefoot has come away. Whether this is repairable or not is irrelevant, this boat is no longer required for its original purpose and it will finish its life as a theatrical prop on a beautiful beach in Croatia.
So, do we care? After all, there are plenty of other boats in the world. What’s special about this one?
Well, somebody had the idea to build it. Perhaps he designed it – or perhaps he took the lines off another boat- (I say ‘he’ because it’s less likely in this country to be ‘she’ – but not impossible). Somebody sawed the timbers and found the rest of the materials required, then they built it. Maybe he sold it or maybe he used it himself to fish from, and certainly he would have put in the time to maintain it.
You see, this boat has gathered a history around it. It is the story of a life lived on the water. We may never know the details of that story, but it deserves some respect and, at the very least, it can be preserved in a picture.
I hope to post pictures of similar boats (most of them in a better state than this one) regularly.