Winter maintenance on the Lady Maryland, the flagship for the Living Classrooms Foundation, was extensive. The 32-year-old deck of the pungy schooner, built in 1986, was replaced with a new one made of Douglas fir.
During the sailing season, which begins on April 4 and continues through November, students from around the area will sail aboard Lady Maryland and learn about the environment and sailing.
Living Classrooms is raising money to pay for the deck replacement and other projects to keep the last existing vessel operational.
Costing $650,000 to build originally, Lady Maryland weighs about 82 tons, is 104 feet overall in length and has 4 sails — the tallest of which is 92 feet high — and two 80-horsepower diesel engines.