Date: 27 November 2015. Portlight
Privacy (at Carrabelle Riverfront Festival)
In the springtime I enjoyed perusing the Carrabelle Riverfront
Festival's tents. It's a lot of fun to see what the vendors have
created. Once in a while I find something outstanding. The festival
had quite a few remarkable artists. I enjoyed wandering,
people-watching, eating and bought a few things too.
fortunate to meet Rita and her husband Larry. Larry makes beautiful
jewelry using seashells. Rita does wonderful stained glass
Rita and Larry of Washed Ashore [
It all started back in 2013. I had trouble sleeping in my
forward cabin because the sun would shine in and wake me up from my
naps. This is Serious Business and I came up with a solution. The
is described in the
walking around the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival I saw lots of
beautiful things. It was Rita and Larry's booth that held my
attention the most. There was a stained glass turtle hanging that
caught my eye. I thought the turtle would be amazing as a replacement
for the ever fading plastic versions I'd bought at a Hallmark store.
was not the round pretty that I needed/wanted for my forward cabin. While
chatting with Rita she said she could make a round version for me.
It will fit inside my portlight. Wonderful!
The size of the sun-catcher will allow breeze to come around the
edges. It will be large enough to prevent most of the sunlight from
of all, my afternoon naps will be shady.
I sent her
a photo of my portlight with a ruler in front so she could see the
size I needed. And a couple weeks later look what appeared in my
When the portlight is opened I
can look around the edges and watch what is happening outside. At a
dock it offers a level of privacy too. Folks see the turtle and not
beyond nor into my cabin.
Sun-catcher arrives ready to
Securely attached to the
frame are two loops that allow the sun-catcher to hang. These
are well-made and not flimsy. They are an integral part of the
piece. The turtle arrived ready to hang with a piece of clear
fishing line attached.
There is an attention to detail in
Rita's work. I am impressed and delighted.
I switched from the clear
monofilament fishing line to
Spiderwire. It's easier to tie
and not quite so slippery. Plus it is virtually invisible.
Spiderwire is thin so it's easy to close my portlight tightly
enough to prevent leaks in driving rainstorms.
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Spiderwire braided fishing line
Spiderwire is made by
the same folks who make Dyneema rope so you know it's good.
It doesn't stretch. Spiderwire is a thin and strong
braided fishing line.
I used it to hang the
sun-catchers in my cabin. The line is virtually invisible.
It's handy to have on hand.
When I fish, I use
as my line of choice. I'm not all that successful however I
do have a lot of fun. It's technique no doubt and mine isn't
so good. Fish see me as a pasty. I supply tasty morsels. The
fish suck the bait into their mouths and spit out a
perfectly clean hook.
life. Don't count on catching fish for dinner unless
you know how to fish. I do not. Thus, fish do not fear me.
You may wonder about closing the portlight and how the sun-catcher
is secured. This is the way I do it:
outside the boat (that's fresh air)
portlight has a screen
sun-catcher is secured to the hinge above that holds the opening window part
window on the inside of the boat
My portlight is closed and you can clearly see the
turtle through the tinted Lexan window.
At night when I have my cabin lights on the turtle
looks just like a beautiful stained glass window.
During bad weather I have the portlight closed. The
sun-catcher is pinned between the screen and the window. I do not
remove it. The turtle clearly shows behind my tinted portlight
window. There's something about coming home after dark and seeing
the turtle in the portlight of my cabin. It is a welcome sight.
offers me privacy at docks. It shades my cabin when the sun is
shining. And most important of all:
sun-catcher pleases me, offering a nautical motif that is pretty.
doesn't move much at all even when the breeze is blowing. And if it
does move, the screen keeps it from banging anything.
folks who have come aboard Seaweed, I think every woman has
commented positively on my sun-catchers. I doubt if any man has
noticed the turtle. That's okay too.
Seaweed is my
home and I love making her
Decorations give a boat personality.
fellows out there, know your woman will enjoy putting her touches on
the boat. That is one thing that makes a boat into a comfortable
home. Women for the most part nest. If our nest is comfy and pleases
us, life is good for everyone aboard. Happy wife, happy life...
Quakehold Museum Putty
will help make decorations stay put without damaging your boat's
interior. Buy some.
other finds at the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival. I'll tell you
about them in an upcoming article.
mentioned in the
regarding Boat Gear
piece, I've made a resolution to finish things up. Articles that are
partially written are cluttering my psyche. Be on the look-out. More
are coming, and quickly!
Rita and Larry
Larry makes wonderful
jewelry. Were I were not so focused on the sun-catchers I'd
buy his necklaces. They are beautiful. Many of the pretties
would make ideal Christmas tree ornaments too.
As for me, I'll continue to visit art festivals along the
waterfront. Festivals are the best place to find unique gifts.
Anyone can shop at the major department stores. There are wonderful
things online too. But for that special person in your life or
yourself finding a place like the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is
a valuable resource. Enjoy.
reading. Be sure to leave a comment please. I love those!
Did you make it to any art festivals this year?
And, what was your best find?
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