IN THE FIELD: Dream Big

I have been around boats of all sizes and modes of power most of my life. Storage and/or a place to moor a boat have always been my challenge in ownership. So, in order to satisfy the need to have a vessel to take out on the water, we settled for a 14 foot canoe. It has served us well over the years and brought plenty of enjoyment paddling and fishing the local lakes and waterways.

My ultimate boat to own would be a 21 foot wooden gaff rigged sloop. Or a 34 foot lobster boat style picnic boat. Come to think of it, any boat would do. Even something like the ship pictured here. She is just slightly larger than my ultimate dream boat, but she would do in a pinch.

If you’re gonna dream, dream big!

She is the CVN 72 USS Abraham Lincoln. I photographed her while she was in the Newport News Shipbuilding Yard in Newport News, Virgina.

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  1. Nandini
    August 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Ooooh that’s quite huge! But well said – dream big. πŸ™‚

    Great photo. Portrays the grandness pretty nicely.

    • August 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      It sure is…our boat was minuscule compared to the size of the carrier. It was early and foggy that morning and that made it seem even bigger!

  2. August 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

    WOW! This is great. Thank you dear David, love, nia

    • August 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Nia, there were some pretty big ships in that harbor. We felt rather insignificant LOL.

  3. August 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    That’s not dreaming big, that’s dreaming HUGE! I’ve been on one of those aircraft carriers before and it is scary to look over the edge of the ship – very carefully!

    • August 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Yes those things are enormous to say the least! One fluke of the anchor was bigger than our boat! I can only imagine the view you had from up there…it must have been pretty cool!

  4. August 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hubby here would love to have his own boat, but it’s impossible to find somewhere to moor in the area! Maybe we should get a canoe? we life close enough to the sea to be able to carry it down… I don’t think hubby would be satisfied though… Cool photo! πŸ™‚

    • August 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      I think any boat no matter how big or small is still better than not having one at all…canoes are fun, roomy, stable and portable. You live close enough to carry it to the water?! I’m envious!!!

  5. August 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    That is one awesome photograph. Really, really neat. πŸ™‚

    • August 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Bob…a bit on the imposing side wouldn’t you say!!! I think the fog really adds to the whole image.

  6. August 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Wow – that is big! It must have been something to be so close!

    • August 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      It sure was, I knew these ship are gigantic, but when you see one from water level it’s a real eye opener! Amazing!!!

  7. August 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Like the fog and the resulting bluish cast. But think of all the line you would need if you want to fish off of that ship.

    • August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      It would require the biggest fishing reel ever made LOL!!!

  8. August 23, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Wow, plenty of diving platforms and sundecks! πŸ™‚ I guess it doesn’t have a swimming pool but you might find that it comes with its own crew which could be a bonus. Looking forward to your first on-board holiday pics!! πŸ˜€

    • August 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Laughing out loud from the comments from you and Jane! Tennis on the deck would be fun, or golf or volleyball or…plus 5000 + crew members at one’s beck and call…
      Yes, I do believe I would like a cocktail before dinner…thank you.

  9. August 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    “Big” won’t even fit to describe this boat, David. Massive will be more like it. It must be intimidating to see this one up close as it is just huge!

  10. August 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Big is an understatement for sure. Massive is the perfect description! We were able to get pretty close (pre 9/11)…actually under the anchor in the bow. That thing was three times as big as our boat…and our boat was 34 feet long! Those ships are enormous. We also went beside The Big Red Boat from Disney. Another huge vessel…especially when you are on the water right next to them!

  11. September 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Ya know, I think the boat/ship in the link you included would do quite nicely. Here is a link for my favorites….I think this sailboat is just the prettiest thing on the water…
    http://classicboatshop.com/maine/

    And for the power boat I would have to go with this…
    http://www.hinckleyyachts.com/Jetboats/t37-NPB/t37-NPB.aspx

  12. September 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Great photograph! I am a bit ignorant when it comes to military ships but I hope I can assume that it is an air force carrier? I would have been in awe for about 10 minutes just staring at something this large. I only hope I would remember to take a few photos lol!! Glad you remembered to take this one because it is awesome!

    • September 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks MD, yup it’s an aircraft carrier. We sailed past a couple of cruise ships…they are pretty darn big themselves, but this thing was massive. I did exactly what you said you would do…stared…then we moved off because we didn’t want to attract any attention.

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