The Sea Sprite was hauled out, winterized and placed on the hard back in the corner of the Regent Point Marina Boatyard in early November. Since then I have visited only 3 times. Once to remove all the sails and canvas. Once to remove the old settee and v-berth cushions and finally one more time about 3 weeks ago to check on her following the brutal series of cold fronts that have rolled through Virginia this winter. The good news is she has held up well against the extreme environment and with the exception of some minor condensation on the cabin headliner she is dry as a bone.
The sails have been inspected and repaired where necessary by Ullman Sails in Deltaville. Wendy @ Wendy's Canvas has recovered the tired, stained and ugly old upholstery with a beautiful Sunbrella fabric. I think it will look amazing in the dark teak interior.
I was hoping to get a head start on a long list of cosmetic upgrades over the winter but the weather and work have simply not cooperated. At this point I will be very happy to get the seacocks and thu-hulls serviced and complete some basic PMs on the engine and fuel system before the scheduled launch in late March.
The current plan is to sail down the Bay and then take the ICW to Manteo, NC where we will take a slip at the Town Docks for the summer. With better access to cheap labor (my two teenagers) and the natural business slow down of summer I plan to make a big dent in the "To Do" list.
1) Remove old non-skid and repaint with Kiwi
2) Replace old plastic dorades with bronze.
3) Install a new mast boot.
4) Refinish all brightwork.