Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Hello Everybody,

This is most likely going to be our last blog for this part of our sailing adventure.  We are officially on the hard as they say.  High Spirits was hauled out today and will be staying at the Kittery Point Yacht Yard's Eliot, Me facility.

We were fortunate to be able to stay at Sara Funk and her daughter Willow's house in Dover, NH which is only a 20 minute drive to the boat yard.  They have a lovely apartment over their garage.
We had a wonderful talk with Tom Allen, Owner/President of KPYY.  We were in the office and he came down the stairs and asked me if I needed some help. I asked him what was his job, and he said
"Help my management team".  Knew he was the owner right then and there.  He is the 9th of 10 children and is from Westlake, Ohio and went to St. Ignatius graduating in 1984.  He was in the financial service industry and bought the Kittery Yard first and then the Eliot yard.

So here are several pictures as we have spent the last 4 days working on High Spirits, or should I say Joy has worked harder than I have. She really gets into cleaning the mildew.  Has to be done.

So after 15 months, the paint job does not look that bad, we are going to have it repainted as we have a gallon of Trinidad Pro (costs $245/gallon) left over and should be fine. 

Other minor repairs include Cutlass bearing replacement, fix the front head smell and shower sump drain. 

The biggest one is moving the radar unit to the mast.  We had discussed that before and it became official when we took the unit off the back stay .  Just want everybody to know I was holding the ladder when the other person on the team, dropped part of the support strut into the water.

We were able to do a lot of work ourselves and cut our bill down.  Saved about $400 at least by doing the radar unit, taking off the boom, sails, and all the lines.  We left the yard with pulling the boat out of the water, taking off the mast, and pressure washing the bottom.

So now we will be in New London starting tomorrow until about June 5th or so.  May post once in a while but Joy says nobody is interested in our ground life.

However, if you are in New England this winter, call us and come and visit us.

One of the cranes at the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard

Stripped down and ready for hauling

Centering High Spirits on the haul out truck

First Bath since Stuart, FL

Check out the Barnicle growth on the prop shaft.


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