Summer is approaching fast, hope all you moms had a great mothers day.
The Sarah Maria was launched last Thursday morning and is sitting on my mooring, in Newburyport waiting to be brought up the river to Amesbury. I have to spend some more time on her to make her livable, and she will be all set to sail hopefully, south by early fall.
My focus this weekend was on the Bella Donna, washing painting, and waxing. I even sanded down and varnished the teak rails, so all you folks will have a great sailing boat for the 2014 season.
That reminds me, this is my tenth season with Captain Ed's Sailing, I suppose I could say that it seems like just yesterday that I had a real job, but I barely remember those days.
This Wednesday Jay Michaud will be doing a boat survey on the Bella Donna and if all goes well I will launch her on Thursday, and if the weather permits we will be doing the shakedown, breakdown cruise this weekend. I check out the boat fairly well before that trip, however you never know. I have clients who enjoy that first trip of the season when we sometimes have to wear long underwear, and gloves, who knows could be shorts, at the end of that day we have a sense of accomplishment coming back in for the first time of the season. If you are one of those folks who would like to come out sailing for the first weekend of the season drop me an Email or call 508-451-0431.
The official kick off of the 2014 season will be this Memorial Day weekend. I have one full boat so far, with spots available for at least Sunday so far. The weather is really trying to hit the eighties, and I think that summer is going to hit hard I am glad I got all of my work done before the heat comes in. Make some plans to come out sailing this summer, relax for the day while you are learning some sailing skills, and meeting new people. Think of bring your kids out sailing for a Learn to Sail Charter, it is a great way to spend the day as a family while you learn the skill of sailing, hands on. And last of all remember withCaptain Ed's Sailing at the end of the day you just drive home, I take care of the boat, do all of the maintenance and refueling, and cleaning, not your problem.
Many of you know that I have to follow the weather very closely and during the sailing season I get up in the middle of the night to check the RADAR and weather reports especially the Passage Weather site. The passage weather site is a site that we used, and found extremely accurate for the trip we made to the Virgin Islands in 2010. The passage weather site gives a seven day forecast but I think it is most accurate for a three day forecast. Pecking around the Passage weather site will give you a great idea what the weather anywhere is doing. The other site that I like to use is Maine Harbors, locally (New England) it will give an excellent report as well as tides and temperatures.