Sunday, April 29, 2007

Windjammer Massage


Come Early For Your Massage!

I'm always trying to think of some new service, feature, or amenity to add to what we offer so our guests have the best experience possible. Last year we added soap stone bed warmers and they got rave reviews. This year I am pleased to announce an affiliation with Bodywork after work. Robert Cleaveland has been providing professional bodywork services as a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1998 and will be offering massage services right at our dock on each of our boarding evenings. The special rates, for our guests only, are:
  • $15 - 15 minute chair massage
  • $35 - 30 minute table massage
  • $60 - 60 minute table massage
It will be necessary for you to make your appointment before you arrive, otherwise you'll be taking your chances as there simply won't be enough time for everyone to enjoy this pre-cruise luxury. If you are not lucky enough to secure one of the limited available appointments, you can take advantage of the same pricing for an appointment before or after your cruise at the office of Bodywork after work located at 731 Commercial Street, Rockport, Maine (at Midcoast Aesthetic Enhancements Medical Spa - Route 1 - across from Oakland Park Bowling Lanes.)

No other Maine windjammer is offering this convenient way to start your adventure and I am so excited to get a massage or two myself!

You can book your massage directly with us at our toll free number (877) 238-1325 or you can reach the massage therapist directly for specific questions (207) 691-8788...just make sure to mention that you'll be sailing on the Evans.

The photo is Robert Cleaveland, LMT, hanging out his shingle at his new office in Rockport, Maine.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Spring Outfitting

Spring outfitting is in full swing and the crew is very busy getting the schooner ready for another season. One of our big projects has been re-caulking the main and mid-ship cabin tops.

Unfortunately these cabin tops are old and ready to be replaced which I plan to do in a couple years. Rather than reefing out all the old cotton and re-caulking (a very labor intensive and time-consuming proposition!), we tried a product that I haven't used before; Teakdecking Systems. The product was highly recommended by several friends that have used it before and the local sales rep even came to the schooner to review our planned approach (thanks, Larry!). He was very clear that the surface prep had to be meticulous for the product to work properly. It took just over three days to wood the surface, rout each seam, and tape the edges. It took one long day for me and Bob to fill each seam, with a little help from 1st Mate Shawn at the very end of the day as the sun was setting. When the tape came off it was very satisfying to see bright white, crisp-edged seams instead of the darkened, dry, cracked seams that we had before. Of course it is our hope that this procedure eliminates any leaks that resulted from those old cracked seams.

We have already applied the requisite coats of Deks Olje #1 and the first coat of Deks Olje #2. I can't wait to see if our repeat guests notice the difference. I know Shawn and I do!

The photo shows the port side of the main cabin in a progression...from right to left you can see an old seam next to the companionway that was not touched followed by two brand new seams with the tape already pulled, one seam that has the caulk laid in but hasn't been worked down with a putty knife yet, and two taped seams ready to be caulked.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Spring Nor'easter


Spring in Maine was ushered in this year by a monster nor’easter on April 16th. The storm caused a whole slew of problems for mid-coast Maine, both for the local wildlife and us humans. From baby owlets and eaglets, local dams and harbors, many homes in the area, and even the windjammer fleet, nearly everyone was effected. The image above is a wave crashing over the sea wall at the public landing and heading right for the Harbor Master's office which is already surrounded by over two feet of water (photo credit: Lorain Francis)! Make sure you check out the links at the bottom of this post for more photos of the storm.

One of the sad stories from the storm was the story of two bald eaglets being tracked by The Biodiversity Research Institute’s bald eagle spy cam. Wildlife biologists and naturalists had eagerly anticipated their birth, which occurred on April 12th some time before 8:30 AM. Unfortunately, the storm came at the worst possible time for them, within their first week. Despite the best efforts of the parents, the extreme winds and rain wrecked the area, and the effects of the weather were too much for the eaglets to handle at that stage of their life.

On a lighter note, not all of the stories of nature affecting the local avian wildlife ended so tragically. Two farmhands from Aldermere Farm, in Rockport, rescued a baby great horned owl that had been blown out of its nest by the storm. On April 20th, as they were driving through an access road in the woods, they discovered the poor, disheveled and slightly injured owlet sitting on the ground, alone. Their boss, Ron Howard, immediately called for help from local wildlife expert Ken Bailey of Hope and Avian Haven in Freedom. The bird healed and recovered quickly, and he was returned on the 21st to a makeshift nest near the place where he was found, in the hopes that its calls would attract its parents.

Birds weren’t the only beings affected by the storm; it also caused some problems for the local human communities as well. Spruce Head Island was evacuated at 2:30 PM on the day of the storm due to a partial washout of the island’s bridge and loss of power to the island, as well as fears that the storm would only grow worse. 50 people were evacuated, and during the storm the bridge sustained partial damage, not reopening until the evening of the 17th. Similarly, the Public Landing in Rockland was evacuated at 11 AM on the 16th, after it became flooded and police were concerned that the storm watchers on the landing would be harmed.

Even the windjammer fleet was effected, although thankfully all of the boats survived intact. Our Office Manager, Ned Perkins, had half of his backyard turn in to a pond. The winter cover of the Schooner Stephen Taber was torn off during the storm, although no serious damage occurred. The Schooner Isaac Evans came through the storm unscathed.

While the storm caused many problems, it also brought us a few heartwarming stories. From owlet rescues, volunteering to help evacuees and fight flooding, the excitement of watching the storm, and the relaxation of locking yourself up in a warm house, drinking hot chocolate, and telling stories to family and friends, the storm brought to mind why a lot of us love living here in coastal Maine. While we have our share of tough weather, it is the sense of community and love for the climate (even with it’s rougher side exposed) that makes Maine a great place to live, as well as to visit.

The other positive side of the storm was that it brought with it an end to our late winter, bringing us the warmth of spring at last. It won’t be too long now before the Evans is back on the water, and all of our friends and new guests arrive again for this years’ sailing adventures.

References:

“Webcam eagles succeed afterall,” by Holly S. Anderson. The Village Soup Times, April 12th, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyid=90564

“Eagle chicks succumb to nor'easter,” by Holly S. Anderson. The Village Soup Times, April 22nd, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?StoryID=91134

Wind-blown owlet repatriated to Rockport,” by Holly S. Anderson. The Village Soup Times, April 22nd, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyid=91133

Storm-rattled baby owl found, rescued,” by Holly S. Anderson. The Village Soup Times, April 20th, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?storyid=91096

“Spruce Head Island evacuated due to washed out bridge,” by Kristin Saunders. The Village Soup Times, April 16th, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Government/story.cfm?StoryID=90822

“Spruce Head bridge opened to limited traffic,” by Kristin Saunders. The Village Soup Times, April 18th, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Government/story.cfm?storyid=90927

“Rockland public landing evacuated,” by Staff. The Village Soup Times, April 16th, 2007. http://knox.villagesoup.com/Community/story.cfm?StoryID=90805

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What a deal! Bid on a trip at Village Soup Auction.

We have a listing on the Village Soup Auction page and it could be a great way to take a trip at a reduced cost. Our adventures make great gifts and with the auction you have the potential to acquire a trip for two at half the cost. Your gift recipient will love you forever...or just treat yourself!

Visit Village Soup Auction for details and to place your bid.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Spring?


It didn't feel much like spring until today. Temperatures are finally expected to be in the 50's and are already in the high 40's. It has been a tough couple weeks weather-wise. Two weeks ago we had a pretty substantial snowstorm that dropped a foot or so of heavy wet snow. It was perfect for making snowmen and they popped up all over the area because kids had the day off from school. I talked a friend into building something in my front yard and we even made the local paper! Here she is....our bikini clad snowwoman sliding down her icy slide into a swimming pool complete with hat, gloves, and a scarf! The signs read "No Diving" and "Springtime in Maine".

It took several hours to build and color and only lasted a couple days but we had a lot of fun. About half-way through I turned to my friend and said, "If I had asked you to come outside and shovel my front yard you would have looked at me like I was crazy!" But that's essentially what we had accomplished by the time our creation was complete. We were cold and tired but we couldn't stop laughing either!