Good morning everyone. The crew spent yesterday sanding spars under the cover. We try to get a few coats of varnish on each fall so that when the cover comes off in the spring the spars are ready to send up (the topmasts) or hang (the gaffs). Even the jibboom comes in for the winter to get a few coats of varnish. The topmasts get scraped up quite a bit from all the raising and lowering while sailing to get under the Deer Isle Bridge. The spars get a big hand rub with 120 grit and a random orbital sander hooked up to a vacuum makes quick work of fairing in the scraped varnish. That all gets primed with thinned varnish, and then get 2 coats of our favorite Epifanes.
I spent the first part of yesterday helping get Jen and Annie out the door on their way to the North woods. Jen called from Millinocket to say that all was well and that Katahdin was just beautiful in the peaking foliage. Pictures to follow. The National Weather Service forecast a chance of snow flurries up North on Saturday. Winter is not far off now.
Have a great day. Be well. Do good.