The Cindy Marie, one of the traditional fishing workboats styles seen all over the Chesapeake Bay is also known as a deadrise workboat. The term deadrise refers to the angle of the hull bottom, which rises horizontally from the keel, forming a flat "V". Pictured here today we have the Cindy Marie at a dock in Virginia. These boats, generally constructed of wood, are quite versatile. They are sturdy and seaworthy enough for rough waters and agile enough for the shallows. One of the stylistic features that I have always been fond of is the steep and sharp bow of these vessels.
Over the years I have been on more of these boats than I can remember but they all have that smooth cruising type of ride to them that gives a feel of stability and comfort. I have never boarded the Cindy Marie but she did catch my eye earlier this Summer while on one of my shoreline trips.
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On the dock you can see a stack of crab pots often used on these types of boats. They are also used in oystering and fishing operations.
These old work boats each have a certain character and of course, their own history. For those two reasons alone, I find each quite interesting and usually add them to my photographic collection when conditions are right. :-)
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