Longtime Mathews resident Jimmy John Hunley, who now resides in Deltaville, has had his eye on a particular 28-foot deadrise since he was a teenager.
In 2003, this deadrise succumbed to the high winds and rough waters of Isabel and went up against some rocks along the Middlesex County side of the Piankatank River.
"One day we were crabbing on the Piankatank and saw it," Hunley said, "and I said, ‘There’s that little boat.’"
Hunley thought if maybe he could figure a way to get the boat off the rocks, he could work out something with the owner to take possession of the vessel. However, the deadrise was positioned in such a way on the rocks that he and his buddies couldn’t figure a way to get her down.
"We didn’t pursue it," Hunley said. "But the next thing I knew, we found her again in a Deltaville boatyard." It appeared that someone had started working on her, but then stopped and there the boat sat.