Brush Work

Good morning everyone. The weather this week has been just beautiful and we have “made hay.” The Michelin team came to tar the rig on Monday. Cabin houses were painted Tuesday and Wednesday. The reflection of the cover in the mirror finish was amazing. Topsides have been sanded from the cover skirt down including the green boot stripe. You will notice the vacuum attached to the sanders. Alex and Jeb sanded the Velcro right off the disc! Even the “dumpsters”, those deck storage areas above the main saloon were sanded and painted. It is all looking great. The crew has been putting in some very long days and we are grateful for their hard work.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. Spring is upon us and with it “Spring Fever” or maybe “Sailing Fever”? From the photos I’d say you’re doing a splendid job. We had some painters in to do work this past week and I can only say that I wish they were half as meticulous as your team. I’ve got a good bit of clean up and touch up to do behind them.

    I only wish I could be on the first trip to see the schooner before other passengers have left their mark.

  2. I just re-read my comment, I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, I’m sure every mark left by a passenger is a memory for the crew. Just as I’m sure not all the marks left by passengers are physical. I do know this, every trip I’ve made on the Mary Day has left a mark upon my heart, in my brain, and upon my outlook in life. I will never get over the serendipity of going on a sailing cruise in 2005 and finding so much more than that.

    In the south we have a word for that little something extra that makes life special. That word is lagnappe (pronounced lan-yap). With each trip aboard the Mary Day I come away with another lagnappe that stays with me all through the year. I hope all the lagnappe moments and memories will stay with me forever.

  3. Very eloquently said, Ed. I’ve been sailing on the Mary Day since 2002. This year will be my 7th trip, and it too will leave a “mark upon my heart” just like the others. I try to explain to “outsiders” that this is not an ordinary vacation; it is a pilgrimage.

    The definition of the word lagniappe is a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; or something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.

    This describes beautifully the many gifts that we take home with us after a trip on board the beautiful Mary Day, as well as the ones we leave behind.

    Here’s to our beautiful Mary Day! May she sail for many years to come; bringing joy and laughter to our hearts.

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