Monday, December 11, 2017

Ann's Pastels Updated

Ann has been busy painting over the last few years in traveling the ICW from New York to Key West and back for the last eight years. She paints in pastels on the boat and when we're home up north. She recently added more paintings to her webpage which can be accessed at the left column in this blog. For this blog post, I've included the link to her paintings which is reproduced below. She enjoys painting and perhaps you will too. We both just love the sights and sounds of the ICW and she tries to capture the images in her paintings.

Here's a little about her background and a listing of her current paintings:

Ann is a member of Barrett Art center, Kent Art Association, and the Northeast Watercolor Society. Her work has been accepted for juried shows at Barrett Art Center, Kent Art Association, Northeast Watercolor Society and Hudson River Watercolor Society. She has also served as Juror of Awards at Kent Art Association. Ann’s paintings are in the corporate collections of McCabe and Mack, C. B. Strain and many private collections. She has studied with Mel Stabin, Carlton Plummer, Arne Lindmark, Franklin Alexander, Christine Debrowsky, Linda Novack and Artie Johansen.

Ann works in pastel and watercolor, painting landscapes of the Hudson Valley and scenes along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). In recent years she has worked mainly in pastels on our boat Fleetwing, a Beneteau 423 sailboat while cruising the last eight years from New York to Key West and back every winter. Ann accepts commissions as well as offering her paintings for private sale.

Samples of her most recent pastels are shown below. All pastels are originals, there are no reproductions. You will be the owner of a one of a kind piece of art. The pastels are professionally framed and matted by They only lack glass due to the possibility of breakage during shipment. Any local art store will install glass for a nominal fee. Due to our love of cruising the ICW, Ann can only ship artwork while in New York from November through December and from June through August. At all other times, we are on Fleetwing enjoying the ICW or down in Key West at our dock for February and March. The prices listed include framing, matting, and shipping, there are no extras. All measurements are in inches of the pastel. Framing and matting will increase the overall size of the picture.

1 - Georgia Marsh, 9 x 12 $400
You are surrounded by marshlands as you travel through Georgia on the ICW, enchanting

2 - White Hibiscus 8 x 10 $350
Key West is full of flowers during the winter. It's great fun just to walk along the sidewalks and enjoy the views
3 - The Hammock  11 x 17  $450
A hammock is a rise of land only slightly higher than the surrounding marsh, but high enough to support trees that don't like to get their feet wet
4 - Iris  8 x 11  $350
More flowers from Key West. There's never any frost.
5 - Evening Color  9 x 12  $400
We always enjoy sitting in the cockpit and watch the sunset with drinks in hand, paradise
6 - Key West Color  9 x 12  $400
Just one block from our dock in Key West, flowers every year
7 - Clearing  9 x 12  $400
We never tire of sunsets
8 - Bougainvillea  9 x 12  $400
Our favorite street in Key West leads to the local grocery store and along the way there's always a huge display of bougainvillea in many colors. the reds are the showiest. 
9 - Hobucken  12 x 14  $425
We were docked at RE Mayo and looked across the channel to see the setting sun highlighting the woods, it was spectacular. 
10 - Daisies 12 x 12 $425
These are from our backyard - we do go home occasionally
11 - Storm Coming  6 x 8  $225
The skies darken, the wind picks up and you'd better find a place to tuck in
12 - Golden Sunset  9 x 12  $400
As we clink wine glasses together to toast the day on the ICW
13 - Yellow Iris  8 x 10  $300
An iris from our backyard
14 - Marsh Sunset  12x18  $475
Yet another spectacular sunset on the ICW
15 - Clematis  8 x 16  $350
We have a climbing clematis in our backyard
16 - Old Town Key West  9 x 9  $300
A typical house in the old part of Key West. Don't let looks deceive you, it's worth $600k to $900k
17 - Wahoo River Anchorage  13 x 20  $500
One of my favorite pastels. We dropped the anchor with nobody else around and were treated to a beautiful sunset.
18 - Rose of Sharon  11 x 12  $425
Another example of what you'll see when going for a stroll in Key West
19 - Palm  11 x 14  $425
Palm trees are survivors, they may lose a few branches to high winds but they seldom tip over
20 - Last Light  13 x 20  $500
Ann catches the delicate colors of an ICW sunset
21 - Lilies  13 x 18  $500
Lilies in our backyard. For some reason, they bloomed profusely this time
22 - Fall  14 x 18  $500
Fall colors for our southern friends and for us in case we forget
23 - Approaching Georgetown  10 x 14  $425
One of the prettiest areas of the ICW is the Waccamaw River, we enjoy that ride every year from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, SC. 
24 - Palms Together  11 x 16  $450
They seem to grow everywhere but not far north
25 - Sunset IV  4 x 10  $150
We like the reflections off the water too
26 - Key West Pathway  10 x 12  $425
The archway was over a lane just off a side street in Key West. You never know when you'll happen upon beauty in Key West
27 - Key West Pride  13 x 17  $500
Another one of my favorite pastels. The chickens rule Key West, everything stops when a chicken crosses the street. You'll often see a hen with her brood waddling along. At Blue Heaven, they mix in with the dining crowd.
28 - Tropical Sunset  8 x 12  #350
Sigh... I know, another sunset - but we enjoy them
29 - Palms II  11 x 16  $450
In Key West, you will often see them among the flowers

30 - Sunset II  6 x 9  $250
A splash of color along the way
31 - Marshland  12 x 16  $450
The marshes of Georgia are endlessly fascinating to us
32 - Day's End  11 x 16  $450
We were just in awe when we were privileged to see this sunset, wow
33 - Marshland II  8 x 9  $300
Another example of Georgia traveling sights
34 - Storm Brewing  8 x 12  $350
It looks pretty but a storm was on the way
35 - Palm III  6 x 9  $250
Flexibility is the key to survival for a palm - and for others too
36 - Sunset Blues  8 x 6  $150
The changing of colors always fascinate us - have another glass of wine...
37 - Summer Beauties  12 x 12  $375
From our backyard, we enjoy the view off our backporch in the summer
38 - Last Light  12 x 16  $450
As the light fades, we fade to the cabin below
39 - Black-Eyed Susans  8 x 10  $300
We do enjoy our backyard
40 - Maine Bedrock  11 x 16  $450
We spent three summers in Maine about 10 years ago. It was a fantastic place for cruising with a steady wind coming up every afternoon and tons of places to anchor.
41 - Towards Evening  13 x 17  $500
The view from our backyard with the sun setting behind the hill, enchanting
42 - Last Snow  12 x 16  $450
Ann has the water receding nicely, it's harder to paint that than it appears. We used to spend the winters up north but I think we've found a better plan

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

When Charts Lie - Part II

In the previous post, we looked at the "confusing area" just north of Beaufort, NC., but we left without showing the real buoy placement on a NOAA chart.  I used an updated Light List corrected through November 19, 2017. It shows the Lat/Long of each buoy that belongs to the Coast Guard so I can manually insert the buoys in their correct location right on the chart.

So without further fanfare:

One thing that jumps right out is the 2.0 ft depth shown on the chart just south of R30 if you take a direct path between R30 and R30A. But look then look below at the survey chart.

You can see that the 2.0 ft shallows are not really there, you've got to trust the buoys in this case although you don't want to hug the reds. Eventually, the charts will catch up but it can be nerve-racking if you haven't been through here before. It's what makes traveling the ICW so much fun.

Monday, December 4, 2017

When Charts Lie - Part I

I'm sure we've all had the experience of looking ahead at buoys, comparing them to our charts and not finding anything that looks familiar. Meanwhile, the wind is howling, the current is running, shallow water is all around, and you've got to make a quick decision on what to do!

Even with good charts and all the buoys matching their placement on your charts, the stretch of the ICW just above Beaufort, NC, where the channel to Beaufort splits from the ICW is already one of the most confusing areas of the ICW. Imagine what it's like when the Coast Guard moves all the buoys and your charts (or any charts published, hard or soft copy) do not match reality! The world doesn't stop, you're moving along, boats are behind and also coming at you - do something!

When in doubt, follow the buoys - but wait, there are two sets of buoys here. One continuing the ICW and one for another inviting channel (which is straight ahead) leading to Beaufort. You had better be prepared for that decision.

I've put together a series of charts to show just how challenging it can be when things change on the ICW.

Here's an overview of the confusing area north of Beaufort, NC
Now let's take a look at various charts of the area.

Navionics NOAA ENC, no buoy numbers. Buoys are shown but not numbered. Green RS in the wrong position, R28A is shown but is no longer there, R30 is in the wrong position too. When approaching the turn, the buoys look nothing like this

Next up is the Navionics' own chart

Navionics (their own chart, has buoy numbers). What happened to R28A? Well, it was removed by the Coast Guard and R30 was moved to a new position and its new position is not shown. Green RS is moved to its current position.

 Next up is Navionics' SonarChart

Navionics SonarChart, buoys numbered, but somewhat hard to read. Where’s R28A? It’s been removed. R30 is not shown (it’s between R28 and R30A). At least Green RS is in the right spot.

Next up is another NOAA ENC chart, this one from AquaMap

 AquaMap, buoys are numbered but needs work (R30 number missing, RS is not labeled). R28A is shown but it’s not there (it was removed). R30 is shown (just below R28A) but it’s shown in the wrong position. Green RS is in the wrong position. It's the same as the Navionics NOAA ENC chart as it should be since it's from the same source.

So what is the real positions of the buoys??  Fortunately, there was a survey of the area done in June with the following results (the chart is tilted so it's roughly in the same orientation as the charts you just saw.

This is the survey for the turn on June 14, 2017. The buoys are shown in the correct positions. I’ve tilted the chart to roughly correspond to the orientation of the previous charts. The correct path is to split R28 and G29 and then turn by R30 and follow along towards G30A but do not hug the red buoys. This is already a confusing area but it’s made even more confusing by the buoy changes which none of the charts show. Even the supposedly real-time updated charts by Navionics and certainly not by NOAA ENC charts show correct buoy placement, at least not at present.

One more thing of note. If you're headed to Beaufort, on which side do you pass the green "RS" buoy? In its old position, many boats were passing "RS" to port heading south and running into shallow water before they could turn to starboard and into the channel. In my guide, I show passing "RS" to starboard and continuing on down the channel. Even with "RS" relocated farther north, it's still best to pass "RS" to starboard and don't hug R2 when headed for Beaufort.

I look at all this stuff when I do my yearly guides but things still change after my guide is published - so when in doubt, follow the buoys. There’s a lot of shallow water in the area!