It’s Friday again. We are fully engaged in the painting mode. Some of the sailing crew has come in during the week. Thanks Heidi, Diane, and Dick Beane. The maritime artisans staff paints nearly full time now. We have odds and ends we try to get done but mostly it is scrape, sand, paint & repeat. The ship is starting to look decent again.
Thursday night, the entire sail training crew pitches into get a whole lot of painting done. The alternates, who may or may not sail on the ship, are coming Thursday nights and one crewmembers spouse came to help out. With all the crew on the ship, doing their part, It is a full time job supplying sandpaper, refilling cans with mixed paint, looking for drop cloths, supplying rags, keeping mast scrapers away from wet paint. It is a little like orchestrating the cooking of a huge meal. All the pots on the stove are boiling at once, everyone needs attention at a specific time, and needs to be left alone for a while too. The trick is to keep everything boiling along and have everyone be done at the same time and have the finished product come out just right.
The Garvey building team has finished setting up all the frames today. All the frames, in their right locations, plumb and square, actually look like a boat. It is extremely gratifying to see.
A huge part of our success goes to Peggy Page and Linda Hart. They are the masterminds behind the fundraising, volunteer recruiting, and snack baking for building day. They have done a tremendous job, swing a pretty mean hammer, and hopefully, will be the first two to water ski behind the new boat.