Sunday, January 24, 2010
This cool idea came to me while I'm sorting through and organizing my yarn stash AND while Unique One Sweater and Yarn Shop is having their 20% off yarn sale. Are the knitting gods trying to tell me something?
If you are in Maine, you should definitely check out Beth's shop and take advantage of the sale (ends January 31st). Her store hours (and a blog post about availability of bulky weight alpaca) are listed here:
And while, I'm thinking about knitting...I'll let you know that we still have some room on two of our knitting cruises this summer. The September 7th cruise is already full but you can still join us on June 27th or July 29th. Visit our web site for more details!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
By Becky Garrison
|Isaac H. Evans (Annie Higbee)|
Each cabin aboard the Isaac H. Evans features amenities like chocolate coins, shampoo, body lotion, coffee cups, and an embroidered mainsail balsam pillow air freshener handcrafted by Capt. Brenda natural air freshener. While these cabins are not luxurious suites they were more comfortable and private than some other accommodations I’ve experienced aboard other historic schooners. Also, features like hot showers and electric heads makes this outdoors experience definitely more comfortable than camping outdoors.
During the week, our group read and relaxed, as we feasted on a hearty New England dishes cooked on a classic wood-burning stove. Our meals featured New England delicacies such as Maine scallops L’orange, Boston baked bread, and blueberry pancakes with Maine blueberry syrup. Our snacks included Maine favorites Jack’s zesty toe jam (spicy halapeno) or sweet red pepper jam (Maine) and cream cheese with crackers. Other afternoon snacks included a special sushi buffet featuring uni (sea urchin roe), mackerel, and scallops that guests caught diving or fishing and steamed crabs caught in the boat’s lobster pot. Through the schooner’s arrangements with the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, guests are guaranteed the freshest fruits and vegetables.
|Hauling (Jeff Greenberg)|
While pets are not permitted aboard the Isaac H. Evans, the boat does have a pet goldfish. As Capt. Brenda says, no one is allergic or afraid of fish. Other “pets” include the boat’s collection of rubber duckies and a giant stuffed lobster that a guest found washed up on the shore.
One of the trip’s highlight’s was the annual Wooden Boat Sail-in. Our group rowed over to the town of South Brooklin, where we were treated to steamed mussels, the sounds of a steel drummed band, and self-guided tours of the WoodenBoat School. Later Capt. Brenda took some of us on the yawl boat named appropriately Tug ‘n’ Grunt for a tour of the other Maine windjammers that were docked for the celebrations.
Later that week, we rowed over to Buckle Island, a mystical moss covered island for a late afternoon lobster bake. As the crew prepares the lobster bake, we participate in an ‘island clean-up”; a fair trade-off all you can eat lobster for helping keep Maine pure and pristine. All guests on Maine Windjammer cruises are instructed on the “leave no traces” behind policy that is intended to minimize the environmental impact on our visits to these isolated islands. After our feast, I hiked along the unspoiled, hiking trail, where I stumbled upon fairy houses; small shell, bark and moss huts where supposedly the fairies live.
|Sunset (Fred LeBlanc)|
For the complete article:
Windjamming Along the Coast of Maine - digging deep into the archives for an article from a trip in 2000
by Aad Struijk
Aad is from the Netherlands and his trip continued on to Bar Harbor. Click the link to read more:
She includes some good tips on questions to ask when reserving as well as pointing out that, although the cabins were even smaller than she expected, "the cabin is really just the place to sleep so you don't need that much space and soon realize that this is just part of the windjamming experience."
Next to the bed is an area to stand and, in this cabin there is a storage area for bags (lower left where you see the corner of a black duffel here). There is also a large storage area under the bed. You can see there is a small shelf next to the bed. There are reading lights above the pillows as well as a light over the standing area. In the lower right corner of the photo you see just the edge of the sink (fresh pressurized hot and cold water).
I love Theresa's last paragraph "The scenery is spectacular and the company is good. Remember that your fellow guests are as adventurous as you are, so you already have something in common." So true!
Thank you Theresa!
Thank you, Dominique, for sharing your experience on the Evans with the world!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
We took all of the cross trees and hardware off the masts, stripped and repainted the mast heads, and replaced the fore shrouds and the jib stay. While all the hardware was off we shipped it off to V&S Galvanizing to be hot-dip galvanized and they submitted the project to the American Galvanizer's Association for consideration in their annual excellence awards. Here is the text from the announcement of winners:
category: Civic Contribution
Schooner Isaac H. Evans
American Galvanizers Association
The Schooner Isaac H. Evans was built in Mauricetown, NJ in 1886 to carry oysters in the Delaware Bay. At the time, oystering was the largest segment of the fishing industry in America, and the schooner spent many years in service. In the early 1970's, the Isaac H. Evans was rebuilt, and in 1991 was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Parks Service of the US Department of the Interior.
Since 1973, the vessel has been carrying groups of people on 3, 4, or 6-day sailing vacations on Penobscot Bay in Maine. During the winter of 2004, the schooner's captain, Brenda Walker, noticed some rot in the fore cross trees when she was performing some routine
maintenance. The captain stripped numerous layers of paint from the pieces, and consulted other schooner owners about how to preserve the custom pieces.
After receiving input from another captain and a nearby galvanizer, Captain Walker decided the best way to preserve the existing fittings, improve their appearance, and prevent
corrosion, was to hot-dip galvanize the pieces. The metal bands, futtock shrouds (angled pieces that support the cross trees on each mast), and other small pieces were galvanized for corrosion protection in the oceanic environment. Many of the original parts were galvanized, and still exhibited corrosion-protective zinc, but after more than 100 years of ocean use, were in need of a new galvanized coating which will last another 100 years. Using galvanized steel on the custom pieces helped restore the historic vessel to its original luster and strength. The hot-dip galvanized coating will be able to withstand the corrosive
elements from the ocean and extreme climates of Maine, ensuring the Schooner Isaac H. Evans will set sail for many years to come.
Captain Brenda G. Walker
View all of the awards here:
Keep in mind that not all the parts that were galvanized were original. Actually, when I bought the boat I was told that only about 10% of her was original; the steering gear and the windlass as well as "some frames and planks". I've replaced a lot of the ol' girl during my stewardship so there's really no telling at this point what is original and what is not, except the steering gear and parts of the windlass as I did have to finally replace the drums.
In any case, we're doing all we can to keep her alive and replace, restore, rebuild, and preserve as time and money allow.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The day following the wedding, Allison and Erik and their friends departed on a four day sail on the Isaac Evans. Debra Donahue, another friend, waited on the breakwater and took this photo of the schooner departing Rockland Harbor:
Erik's mom wanted to create a special gift and, with Allison's help, designed and made a quilt to capture the spirit of the wedding day and friends' sail. The center panel of the quilt is adapted from Debra's photo:
A Celtic braid representing the ribbons used in the handfasting ceremony surrounds the quilt's center. A gold Celtic knot is in the upper sky with star charts of northern and southern hemisphere navigational stars. Just like real stars, the ones on the quilt are not easily seen. Surrounding it all are Mariner's Compasses to complete the nautical theme and capture the couple's love of travel. The quilt's unusual shape was specially designed to fit on Erik and Allison's four poster bed.
Pam Streed (Erik's mom) is pictured holding a special edition Schooner Isaac H. Evans mug.
I understand that the quilt was a Christmas gift and is now being enjoyed by the happy couple!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
..the cook that prepared this awesome spread is going to be our cook this summer!
three different kinds of quiche
sauteed onions, peppers, and kielbasa
olives and marinated feta
granola and yogurt
Join us on the Evans this summer. Sail with our singing cook Margi. You'll have fun and you definitely won't go hungry!