About Nauti Nell's

Nauti Nell's was established in 1994 by Raynell Smith as a consignment shop for marine gear and boats. Nell and her husband, Kaptain Krunch, a graphic artist specializing in boat lettering, spent their early years cruising. Together they sailed through the northern Caribbean on a 124' Alden schooner, Puritan. On Pardner, a Cal 2-46, they sailed from Ft. Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos Islands and then on to Hawaii. After long distant adventuring, they returned to cruise a number of seasons up and down the east coast from Maine to the Florida Keys. Maybe because they lived aboard a Bay craft, a skipjack, the 42' Jolly Roger, the Krunches were captivated by Chesapeake Bay and Deltaville in particular. Although they wintered in the Bahamas, they always returned to Deltaville. When it was time to start a family, they settled year round in Broad Creek off the Rappahannock.

There are nearly as many boats in the county as there are people, and there's a constant stream of cruisers through the many boatyards. Nell saw a real need for a shop where boaters could buy and sell used gear. Consignments are still a large part of the business, but over the years, Nell has collected a unique array of nautically-themed gift items, many exclusive to her shop. The Chesapeake Bay, her boats, watermen, economy, and ecology are focal points for Nell's shop. Most of the books, DVDs, and CDs in the shop have something to do with the Chesapeake. Check out Roland Griffin, Jr.'s handmade models of typical Chesapeake work boats. Nell also has decorative models of skipjacks and bugeyes. Her model collection contains historic vessels such as the skipjack, Minnie V, the schooners America and Brilliant and several America's Cup contenders. Gil Notti, trophy and model maker for the Larchmont Yacht Club, has several half-models for sale: a skipjack, a Herreshoff 12, a J-24, and a Cape Cod Catboat among others. Hand carved from a variety of woods - poplar, birch, mahogany - the half models are mounted on lovely walnut panels. Prints of various Bay subjects by Anne Smith, a self-taught artist from Gwynns Island, are on sale. On consignment are prints by John Barber, John Mecray, Kathy Noffsinger, Jerry Spangler, and Anne Wilcox.

Nauti Nell's specializes in lights with a nautical theme: birds, buoys, boats and shells. She also carries a full line of brass lights, electric and oil. Most are small and can be easily shipped.

Nautical jewelry in sterling, gold, and with beach glass is a best seller at Nauti Nell's. The web site shows only a portion of all the designs available.

You are cordially invited and strongly encouraged to visit Nauti Nell's in person to see the full array of goods, both new and used. In the meantime, peruse the site for a taste of the nautical selections offered in the store.

Please feel free to email us or call with any inquiries. We will do our best to help you find the perfect gift or the exact part you need.

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