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Fitting Out

In the sailing world the rites of spring always include lots of scraping, sanding and painting as the weather warms and day lengthens.  This is especially true for wooden boats owners like ourselves.  Since Surprise is proudly celebrating her 92nd year we are vigilant...

A Michael Salmon Feast

After our recent success during this Christmas holiday feast, which was inspired by Michael Salmon's cookbook (In the Kitchen with Michael Salmon), we celebrated the arrival of spring this week with another one of Michael's delicious recipes.  This time it was...

Sails for Haiti

Several sailors in Southern Maine organized a collection of used sails to be sent to Haiti to help supply temporary shelter for the many thousands who lost their homes in the earthquake.  We were able to donate four used sails which we brought to Pope Sailmakers in...

Safe Anchorage for the Winter

Although much of the heavy snow has hit south of us (poor New York and D.C.), the Maine coast has received many winter gales so we have been quite happy to be hauled out at Rockport Marine only a few feet from the shoreline but happily "high and dry".  Spring will be...

Christmas Eve at the Harbor

We stopped late Thursday afternoon on Bay Road to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before going home to wrap the last presents.  The sun was low in the sky and cast some great shadows on the windjammer fleet and Mount Battie.  Merry Christmas to everybody.  We hope your...