Thursday, May 27, 2010


Yesterday, eleven hours of sanding and painting! Ugh! But, we are in the home stretch and almost done with the bottom project! We've decided that we are getting too old for refinishing boat bottoms. We won't be taking side jobs at the boat yard, even though we are getting smart!

This weekend is relaxing with family and friends and then we will be off to Washington DC to play with our grandchildren for a few days before returning to boat work. Our estimated date of departure is mid-June.


Thursday, May 20, 2010


Well as you can see Joy is hard at work sanding the last of the keel project. Of course, in my role as Chief Gofer I am taking the picture.

Seriously, we are having a great time. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today is final keel painting with the special rust preventative paint. Tomorrow is prep day and painting the hull and keel with the epoxy base coats and the first layer of the epoxy barrier paint. After tomorrow, we have two more days of painting. The rest of the epoxy barrier paint, and the final top coats of the hard paint which helps keep the barnacles off the hull.

Our plans are to leave around June 10th. We pushed it back a little as Josh and Rachel will be traveling through Cleveland on the way to their new life in Baltimore on June 6-7.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Foundation Project

Hello Everybody

Welcome to our blog, HighSpiritsAdventure.

Like a house, the foundation is critical. On a boat, the hull and keel need to be in great shape.
So we started our renovation of High Spirits at the bottom, stripping the paint down to the
gelcoat; grinding the old paint off the keel.

Next step is to put on a special rust preventative on the iron keel and then 8 coats of paint on the hull. We are putting on special barrier coat paint and a hard top coat paint formulated for
salt water.