Scraping By


Good morning everyone. As you can see we are in the shipyard where the dampness has slowed progress but not our spirits. We have scraped and sanded every square inch of the bottom. She is smoother than a baby’s butt. The next few days look sunny so the paint should be flowing. We hope to launch on Sunday.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Our hearts and prayers go out to our neighbors to the south who have been devastated by the weather.

Just Crazy

Be patient while these two short videos download. Here is a low quality video taken with my cell phone while standing up on the hill in the park overlooking the inner harbor. Holding the phone steady was a challenge as you can hear the wind just blowing. One small schooner parted her bowline about an hour after I first posted this. I lent a hand while the vessel’s owner and the harbormaster struggled in a small skiff with an outboard to set things back in order.
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And here is the view from the launching ramp.
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The rock in the foreground started the morning at the bottom of the concrete walk on the right, and yes my feet got wet when the wash from the first wave rolled up to my truck tires.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Stormy Weather


Good morning everyone . I am sitting here watching from the town landing in Camden at the height of yet another Patriots Day weekend storm. The harbor is feather white with spray blowing off the tops of the waves. The schooner is rocking and rolling. Hang on tight Auntie Em… You too Toto. Power is out at the global headquarters and trees are down all over the place

I hope the cover hangs on through the day. Stay safe in your world. Be well. Do good.

A Rainy Day in Windjammer World


Good morning everyone. Today is a shop day here in Maine. Torrential rains and thunderstorms are working their way up the coast as we speak and easterly winds are gusting in the harbor. So in their infinite wisdom the crew decided it would be best to work here at the global headquarters. Jen and I backed the yawl boat Arno into the barn last night. Our small sailing dinghy Rosie is in the shop getting ready for interior painting. Jen and Katie are putting the finishing touches on the quarterboards, carved by Havilah and Ron Hawkins back in the 70s when they were sailing with Buds Hawkins, their dad. 40 years old they require a little nursing each year to keep them going. The gold leaf detail is just beautiful and we don’t mind spending a little extra of your hard earned money to keep them shining with the real stuff. Gold paint just doesn’t even come close. Colby is overseeing everything from the comfort of her office (the couch) with occasional trips to the schooner for deck inspections.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.