We'd been on this tack for some time and I thought it was going to work well to be 5k miles away from Nautica, but with the kind of intensity that I provided her, I could not be assured that she'd get enough care. And, as we waivered between options, the First Mate won out and we decided that either selling her (yikes! not a good choice) or putting her on the hard (ooops! that's not too good either) had to be our options. We decided to keep her.
|Self-portrait from below in the Salon. All the removables in the photo are gone now as I stripped her bare inside. I am already bidding for cushion recovering in the main salon and v-berth. I have plenty of time for that now.|
The thousands of manhours and dollars cannot be walked-away-from easily. But too, each of the choices remaining, have their own liabilities and challenges. One potential buyer was not quite ready, and that signaled to us that we'd prefer to keep her. She's 42 this year. She'll hold out for us.
Our decision was confirmed by our Sailing Club Board's decision to permit us to remain members and park Nautica amidst the fleet on the hard. She may end up on "derelict row" but she's a candidate for some additional refit after some time "on the hard." The term for being on the ground instead of in the water where she ought to be.
|After a long and perilous draw-down of the lake, Nautica now faces life on the hard with its perils.|
So, I've engaged in prepping the boat for long term storage. Fortunately, I was able to find this Alberg from her previous Skipper James, who had both a trailer and a full cover for her. She'd spend winters on the hard and he recently emailed me a response to my questions regarding deployment of that cover etc. He understood the need to secure her every winter for 15 years of his ownership. I hope perspective reader-Alberg-searchers will keep this fact in mind when they are looking for a classic design such as this one in the future. Nautica is getting "kid glove" treatment!
I really did not want to part with this vessel. She's like the family dog, she fits in, even if sometimes she requires jumping through a few hoops to maintain!
|A new application of Kiwi Grip will greet us in a few years. This stuff is so easy to apply and dries hard as rock. No fuss.|
In the process of the haul-out, I've stripped the interior bare and have also removed the boom and its lines, and next will remove the deck life-lines and stanchions so that she's bare on top too. Fitment of the cover as proscribed by her previous owner recommends some cover assistances on deck which will provide a taut aspect to repel rain and debris over time. I will also ask my fellow skippers in the club to keep an eye on her during her sequester on the hard.
Removing the stanchions will give me that needed opportunity to address stanchion base-plate leaks too!
I've wondered about this blogspace too in this transition. I know there are many who read this and refer to it, so I suppose it will remain tacked to its dubiously suspicious internet wall for some time. Where the internet is going may not be where I'd prefer and although there are 80k views of this over the past 6 years what really does that mean? "Don't cry for me Argentina," might be its swan song later. For now, I will post here periodically, as there is still something happening to Nautica, though not very sensational to others, to us it is. Sustaining a classic sailboat is important and that's where this blog will sit until it is preempted by internet Lords wherever they may be who might decide otherwise.