This month, we salute the self-reliant boat owner by showcasing the practice of “grounding out”. When hull maintenance is needed and time, money, or patience are short, the DIY approach is to skip the railway and the travel lift, and wait for the tide to settle a boat onto a beach. The reverse can also work: tide launching cuts out the middle man between the skipper and the ocean. Of course, the only limitation of grounding out is the time pinch imposed by the tides themselves, which won’t wait for anybody.
Maynard is one of these independent spirits, so it stands to reason that he captured instances of the practice when he ran across them, and used it himself. Enjoy this sampler; note that we’re featuring some images from Maynard’s newly digitized Kodachrome slides, the first of his color photography to be published in our Onsite with Maynard blog.