Ok so it was about time to start the story. I fell in love with a Classic Cape Dory sailboat years ago and found one this past December waiting for a new owner. I got her.
This is a blog that describes the renovation of my Cape Dory Typhoon Weekender. She is Hull Number 729 of the nearly 2000 built by Cape Dory Boatworks during the twenty some years they were built. The Cape Dory Typhoon or Ty as most of us who own them call it, is a classic little boat called "America's Littlest Yacht."
She really captures the imagination of everyone with her teak brightwork, bronze winches and simple rigging. A classic keel-hull design, she weighs about two thousand pounds but is nimble at the tiller and sure in the wind. Simply a delight to sail. Yet the problem with the Cape Dory Ty is that she isn't made anymore. As someone once wrote, the molds were rejected for sale and eventually destroyed in the late eighties and since that time those of us seeking information for this classic design have to rely upon each other for information.
Since I retired from the Army I wanted to work on a classic sailboat. I was fortunate to find this Cape Dory in Charleston, South Carolina. She had been named SeaDare, then when I found her, La Belle Vie. The idea of renaming her came as the renovation of her began. At first my wife and I thought to name her after our former yacht, a 47 foot Beneteau named Halcyon, thus Baby Halcyon. But that was just our first reaction. Then I began making these yesteryear things for the shrouds called "baggy wrinkles" which serve to protect the sails from chafing against the metal. She said, "that's a great name for the Dory, 'Baggy Wrinkles.'" I smiled and agreed, and so she is in transition to Baggy Wrinkles.
It is a fitting name for a classic little boat. She is as far from digital as time can put her. And that is part of the enjoyment of this sailing vessel (s/v). It is like therapy for a digital generation. Sailing her is like sailing the past. In this blog I will post the journey of her renovation and refit on, "my watch," as they say in the military.