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Getting prepared for next year

Hauling out a tall shipYorktown Sailing Charters couldn’t ask for a better week when its 105-foot Schooner “Alliance” was hauled out for some pre-winter cleaning. Beautiful weather made the process easy, along with our friends at KT Smith’s Railways who helped us haul out the Alliance.

KT Smith’s Railway is in a really beautiful location up the creek from our normal docking location. It’s not a commercial location, so it was nice to get out, enjoy the countryside and get our work done, which took about a week as we benefited from some awesome weather.

Cleaning a tall shipKT Smith uses a railway to help move the majestic ship out of the water where our work begins – power washing and scraping the barnacles off the boat under the hull. After that’s done, the painting begins!

The total time for the haul out took about a week, which was the fastest that we’ve accomplished that in quite some time. Also, no glaring issues were found when the Coast Guard checked her out, which is always pleasant news, though we did replace the propeller shaft that had been worn.

When the Alliance was ready to head back to the water, we docked her across the marina from all the other boats. As for her younger sister, the Serenity, we do a haul out every other year for both our ships, so it was her turn to stay docked and hang out while her big brother got cleaned up for another fun spring and summer.

Propeller ShaftSpeaking of another fun spring and summer, purchase gift certificates for that special sailor in your life. Whether it’s a romantic sunset cruise on the Alliance for your mate or a fun pirate cruise on the Serenity for your favorite matey, have picturesque sail with us on one of our two majestic tall ships as we sail the Chesapeake and Yorktown River.

Yorktown Sailing For gift certificate inquiries, call 757-639-1233. Keep warm this winter check back for updates in the spring time as our Yorktown Sailing Charters begin in April.

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