Freya is resting in St. Augustine waiting for her rigging to be dressed out. Looks pretty good for an old girl! We are keeping an eye on improvements in the AICW, information is coming in daily on the locations of shallows and obstructions that we need to avoid. Remind me to take a shovel with me in the Spring, maybe I should be resting also. We are half way to meeting our goal of $4000 to complete the repairs and sail her home. Please help us if you can.
See you at the Dock on Gwynn's Island.
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The last weeks of October, I was in St. Augustine, FL, with Freya to get her closer to returning to Gwynn's Island. The engine was first on the list and all fluids and filters were changed and she started right up, diesels are great. The installation of the life lines was next on the list and proved to be a more difficult task but with a bit of sweat and perseverance it was completed. The largest task is the mast, it needed to be sanded and the problem areas of identified and repaired. We got a good start on this one and expect it will be completed before we return to sail her back home. She was launched on the 31st and found a safe berth at Bob Bonner Construction boatyard on the San Sabastian River.
Pictured above, from left to right, Bob Bonner, John Bonner, Donnie Pressley and Robie Bonner.
The Freya has been delayed in coming up the Intracoastal Waterway to Mathews. Hurricane Matthew did much damage on the waterway making it difficult for a safe trip back to Gwynn’s Island. The trip, that was planned for this fall, has been postponed until spring.
Much work has been accomplished in Florida. Thank you John Bonner! Freya was recently launched and moved to a slip at a nearby marina, where work on the mast will continue. When she returns to Mathews this spring there will be more things to do, so stay tuned.
Dave Miller’s film “Journey on the Chesapeake” was a big success. His next film is a documentary on Gilbert Klingel – Naturalist, Explorer, Author, Boatbuilder. The return of one of Klingel’s sailboats, the Freya, to Gwynn’s Island will be part of this film. We are currently collecting supplies for final repairs of this 30 foot sloop and for the journey up the ICW from Florida this fall.
A list of the supplies we need is shown below. You can help with either a monetary donation or by loaning us the equipment for the trip. We will appreciate any help you can give us. Captain John Bonner and crew will be returning to Florida this Sunday to complete final repairs before starting home to GI. Loan items or monetary donations can be dropped off at the MMF museum at 482 Main Street, Mathews or call Pete Hall at 434-917-5281 to have items picked up at your home.