Boating on the Land

Real Estate Agent with Washington Residential Realty

This is a little off-topic, but maybe I can bring it back at the end. For years my family enjoyed pleasure boating. Yes, even through the Carter years, where it was almost taxed out of existence, we had a small boat. Of course, everything is relative - Tiger Woods says he has a small boat, but maybe only in relation to Paul Allen's.

One of the first tasks a new owner will do is have the stern painted with the name and hailing port of the craft. Something like - Queen Mary, Liverpool, etc etc. It is a custom left over from days past, and has multiple reasons. Maybe one is to know where the boat is from if she is found on the rocks. To this day, the Coast Guard requires this be done if the vessel is being documented.

Here is the rub, I walk down many docks and see hailing ports like - Fairfax, Va or other land-locked places. Now, that drives me a little nuts. How the heck would a boat hail from a place with no water? And, how would the Coast Guard be able to use this information to find the actual port if the boat was in trouble?

Of course, the reason boat owners paint these places on their sterns is because their homes are located there. This is where they live most of the time, and they are very proud of that fact. I think it is a little sad that we have lost some of that pride in where we live and our homes. During this great debacle of home values, and the government scrambling to find a way to help capitalism, we may have lost some of that pride.

It is going to be one of my goals to work to help restore that. Yes, it will be difficult in the texting and cell phone world we live in, but it is worth it. In fact, there may be a silver lining in all the problems the housing market faces. If the mortgage crisis can destroy the rabid speculation, and replace it with community pride, I believe the price points will return, and be more stable. That is a good thing.


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