Summer in Marblehead, our favorite time of year with the boat...we will be spending this weekend launching the Carol Ann, our 28' Ellis Bass Boat, built down Maine...first we have to empty out the boat locker that has been packed all winter with all the boat gear stored safely and out of the winter weather and put all the cushions, pillows, life jackets, mats, lines, bumpers, tools, etc back on the boat. The engine has been checked, oil filters changed, the battery charged, the zincs replaced, the bottom painted and the entire cabin cleaned from top to bottom with special cleaners. The weather is gorgeous with lots of sunshine and a nice ocean breeze is blowing today. Once they put the boat in the harbor with the giant boat hauler, we then take her over to our mooring and tie her on once again and begin the reorganizing. Then we go through the boat and clean everything, washing down the decks and scrubbing the galley and head, which always gets dirty over the long winter months just from being stored and not used. Re supplying all the gear we need for the upcoming summer, opening all the vents and organizing all the lines.
The Captain has varnished the flag pole so it will look nice once again. Everything is ship shape and in it's place and ready to go. We bought a couple of new floor mats and some fun pillows just to freshen it up a bit.
Then we pack up our lunch to take along with us for the day...like lobster rolls, chips, pickles and snacks and head out for an afternoon cruise somewhere along the Massachusetts Bay. It is always fun and relaxing and a special time for us. We love it!