Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Speed of Sound

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!

Burnt Island

Good morning everyone. Happy Groundhog day to all. Will Phil see his shadow or not? The kids are hoping Phil sees his shadow and we get six more weeks of winter. The weather has been so beautiful here this last week that I am quite content with the beauty of this season.
For any of you who have been around the schooner for any amount of time you have undoubtedly met Bruce. A dear friend, Bruce care takes a small summer cottage, a work of art itself, on Burnt Island. A week ago we had a rainy and blustery southeaster that blew some shingles off the roof. I had the good fortune to give Bruce a hand making repairs. The day was so beautiful that we just had to take a stroll. So Bruce with his ever present coffee cup and me with camera in hand, my heart leaping like a little child, we strolled through the spruce woods and over the granite bedrock. The light was so bright it actually hurt to look up at times, a true antidote for cabin fever.
I am not a photographer but I love to try to capture the feeling of depth, light and life in the island forests. Jim Dugan sat on one shoulder while Neal Parent sat on the other whispering encouragement and advice. If you haven’t had a chance to learn from these folks you are missing out. But please don’t judge their teaching efforts by this random selection. I can only try to follow their advice and do my best to keep up with Bruce.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.