Our stately tour boat, the Quonnie Queen, has been tucked away in a snug warehouse since last fall. Week after week and month after month, as the snow flew and the landscape froze, she has sat idle in her restful place waiting for the day in late spring when she will slip from the trailer into her briny realm and retake her place at the head of our dock. But though she has been out of sight all these days, she has not been lacking for attention.
Throughout the winter we have attended to her needs and now that the weather has broken she is being rolled outside on dry days for the heavy sanding and wash-downs that will lead to fresh varnish and gleaming brass.
The Queen wrapped up the 2013 season in sound mechanical shape, but the varnished oak and the oiled teak, along with the brass and bronze fittings, were all showing the effects of sun, wind and rain. In keeping with her environmentally-friendly electric drive, we have been using natural cleaning agents and non-checmical wood strippers wherever possible. The attached pictures offer a glimpse of the process going into her preparation for the 2014 summer season. When you come to stay, be sure to sign up for a complimentary ride around the bay on the Quonnie Queen. She will be shipshape and looking brilliant.