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Schooner Mary Day windjammer cruises

A calm morning to begin taking the winter cover off

Good morning everyone. Today a storm is ripping its way up the East coast bringing some much needed rain to Maine and the rest of New England. It has been drier than a boot around these parts. It has been so dry that the waterfall in Camden has been running at a slow trickle these past few weeks.

Schooner windjammer cruises Mary Day removing her winter cover

The first piece gets cut away letting in fresh air and sunlight.

Maine windjammer Mary Day removes her winter cover

Taking the winter cover off

As you can see the crew took the cover off on Friday and Saturday was devoted to rigging, hanging blocks aloft, end for ending and rigging halyards and restoring the main boom to it summer position in her quarter lifts. We also took advantage of Saturday morning’s calm and spun the schooner so she is headed bow out. I lost count of the number of times I came aboard and started for the wrong end being so used to winter bow in configuration.

traditional sailing vessel sailing and seamanship aboard a Maine tall ship

Rigging the main throat block at the mast head

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