Summer in Maine

Oh sweet summer in Maine… you’re so worth it.

Worth the long winters, the gorgeous falls and the crappy springs. Worth the madness that descends for 3 months while the entire state tries to jam-pack an entire year’s worth of outdoor adventures into one season.

I can’t say that we’ve had a single summer go quite as planned yet — especially when it comes to our always-ambitious sailing plans 🙂 — but life’s what happens while you’re making other plans, anyways, right?

And at least this summer has included a whole lot of low key boat life, hanging out on a mooring in Bailey Island, or day sailing around the many little islands in the area…

As well as a whole bunch of berry picking (raspberry farmers take note: we may owe you a little more money than we fessed up to on the scales 🙂 )

Visits from sailing friends are always a highlight…

As are sunsets…

And spectacular sunrises…

Weeknight sails around the islands…

And homemade biscuits underway from my love…

Favorite little anchorages…

Yep, it hasn’t been quite the summer we expected…

But it’s been a great one, nonetheless!

– LMK

Painting the Boat – an Aristo Blue Alexseal Update (in Harpswell, Maine)

In case anyone forgot, we’ve been painting the boat…

Before pictures - topside painting

…trying to get rid of the ugly chipped topsides and rediscover our pretty little boat!

Before pictures - topside painting

And now I *finally* get to post some beloved after pictures!

With Brio - Topside Painting - After Picture - Alexseal

Despite the bugs and the hours (and hours, and hours) of sanding, we’re *really* happy with how the Alexseal turned out — we used their complete system, including primer and topcoat.

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Jon painted the whole boat with a 6″ foam roller, and the Alexseal leveled beautifully.

alexseal-sailboat-painting-topsides-aristo-blue-hull

Now it’s time to enjoy summer sailing in Maine!

– LMK 🙂

Sanding the boat (sometimes called painting)

The only project more scary than installing a new engine in Maine in the middle of winter was painting the topsides. But the poor girl was starting to look a little rough (especially after we rebed the toerails a couple summers ago)…

So, of course, we’re painting the topsides.

Painting the topsides with Alex Seal - Before Pictures

Aside: why do they call it painting?

Painting the topsides - sanding the topsides - so much prep before you can paint Alexseal

It should really be called “sanding” with the understanding that after 60 hours of sanding (we counted) you might get to spend 1 hour applying a coat of paint on top of your immaculately smooth surface.

Painting the topsides - sanding the topsides

At which point you’ll probably realize you a) missed a spot, b) just orange-peeled your baby-butt-smooth-surface and now need to sand down the whole thing, or c) really are more cut out for computer work than this boat business!

Applying Alexseal primer - fully primed before Aristo Blue finish

Because I never like to miss an opportunity to be awkward, I thought I’d share my painting technique (perfected on 3 coats of primer):

Despite my help, we are making progress! We were nearly derailed at the primer stage — the grey looked sooo nice, and we had a serious case of color-indecisiveness.

*Especially* when we peeled the tape (which we had to pre-primer sanding – always more sanding!) and contemplated a silver & gold boat…

Sanding out the "orange peel" from the primer was oddly satisfying though!

Sanding out the “orange peel” from the primer was oddly satisfying though!

But in the end, in our hearts, Brio is a blue boat, so the first coat of “Aristo Blue” went on yesterday.

Painting Aristo Blue Alexseal in an outdoor workyard

And now we get to fully explore the #joysofoutdoorworkyards 🙂

– LMK

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