Face Lift Update!

Here are a couple of before and after photos of the caprail on Mary Rose. After we removed and replaced all of the caulk on the outer seams we sanded the caprail down to bare wood. The wood is the original teak used when the boat was built in 1975. The product we removed was Cetol and we used Armada for the new finish. Armada lets the natural wood grain show through and should be a bit less maintenance. We also restored the rubrail on the hull just below the whale stripe which will show up in a future post when the port side is complete. We also added a strip of thin teak to the rubrail as a sacrificial piece and to help preserve the original teak. The Admiral was a bit distressed over the many hangnails she received while sanding. Once I looked over and she was taking a break sitting on the dock using the 80 grit on her feet for a quick pedicure treatment. hmmmmmmmmmmm.........very creative! One side of the wood restoration is almost complete and a new color is being applied on the whale stripe. We will be able to show photos at completion later this week. Each coat of Armada must dry for 24 hours between coats and the paint must dry 16 hours between coats. We will turn Mary Rose around and dock her bow in as soon as port side is complete. It should take another 2-3 weeks to complete the starboard side. We will then begin to restore the wood on the cabin top and that should take another 2-3 weeks depending on work schedules. All in all, we are quite happy with the results of our hard labor and the work will keep the fine exotic wood in perfect condition for another 30 years with regular annual touch up. Posted by captain don..............

Brandon's Adventure To Florida!

Well Brandon made it to Florida without a hitch. We only had the week-end due to Brandon's work schedule so we made the best out of the time we had. He was lucky enough to go sailing in 25+ knots winds.. we were flying! He had a blast sitting on the bow as Mary flew through the water. I would look out at him and I could see my little Brandon smiling and laughing just like when he was a little boy...carefree again. It is amazing how quickly our children grow up .. one day they are little people looking up to you, then they become teenagers who know it all, then they become adults trying to survive in such a harsh world, they realize then that maybe their parents did know a little and slowly begin looking up to you once again. How important it is to hold close all precious memories because before you realize it, it may be all you have left one day. We enjoyed our time with Brandon, even though he did realize that living on a boat is not his cup of tea but he was a good sport about it! The trip ended with a bit of a glitch .. he was flying on a buddy pass (thanks Kenny and Peggy!) and he was bumped off the last flight of the day which required an unexpected over-nite stay in Alanta... sorry Brandon. All is well!!