Good morning everyone. If time flies when you’re having fun what does it mean when time is going at the speed of sound? We are in a big push right now. Sarah and Katie have been working very hard to get projects done. Blockfest is finished and the replacement of so many patent roller bearings with bronze oilite sleeves will reduce the maintenance time next winter. The trail boards, those beautiful boards with the gilded scroll work that grace the bows, are all painted. Jen will touch up the gold leaf in the spring. Our small boat Rosie is painted and Anna awaits her turn in the shop. The yawl boat Arno is in the barn. Katie and Sarah are stripping the varnish on the rails this morning. Varnish is beautiful but it does tend to look tired after a while.
The office has actually been quite busy with the usual year end turn around and many reservations coming in. This spring like weather is getting everyone excited about sailing this summer. Speaking of which, we finalized plans to offer something new, a wine tasting cruise this fall in conjunction with Cellar Door Winery . Mark your calendars for the September 20th, 4 day cruise where we will explore the world of aromas, wine pairing and chocolate truffles! I am more of a kind of beer guy but I have been promised that once I have been cultivated (or is that cultured) in the art of wine appreciation I will be a convert to the worship of Bacchuss. We are even planning to offer a tour of the winery with lunch after the cruise. This should be a really cool addition to our already packed schedule.
In my abundant spare time Sawyer and I have been restoring our 1963 Willys Jeep. Hopefully we will rust bust the frame this weekend and start returning parts (little things like the engine and transmission) to their original home. This is one of those projects I have wanted to tackle for about 10 years and finally decided to try with abundant help from my dear friend and automotive guru Glen. He is extraordinarily talented when it comes to body restoration having formerly restored fire trucks that currently sit in museums across the country. So if you happen to arrive in Camden by bus don’t be too surprised if Jen picks you up in a spiffy Willys. No extra charge!