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Heartbreak Hill


Good morning everyone. The Boston marathon has one famous hill that seems to challenge runners the most, Heartbreak Hill. Odd thing is Heartbreak Hill is only 4/10s of a mile long and only gains about 88 feet in elevation. As pure numbers this famous hill isn’t all that big. The challenge of Heartbreak Hill lies in where it is encountered in the course. By the time runners get to the bottom of the hill they are facing “the wall”. Muscle energy is at a minimum and runners “hit the wall.”

Fitting out a schooner is not all that different. With 14 days before we board guests we are challenged with the same wall. It is sometime difficult to see the finish line from where we are. It may even feel like an uphill climb. But a “second wind” is a wonderful energizer to see us through to the finish.

Sailing early has its rewards but free time is not one of them. I can “taste” the bay. We will be one of the few sailing vessels out there and the spring wildlife always makes my heart stir. Winter ducks like the pintail (old squaw) ducks are still in the outer harbor. With just a few more days of painting the hull in front of us we will then turn to sprucing up the accommodations. By next weekend cabins will be made, small boats launched, and we will be bending on sail. It will all be a blur but with the amazing people we have working with us I have no doubts that we will be ready on time. Here are a few shots from our latest haul out at the ship yard.

Have a great day. Be well Do good.


cool summer jobs, a happy crew aboard Mary Day

Jim and Nadie pushing seam cement into the bottom of Mary Day and still smiling!


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