In Baggy Wrinkles' blog, the little bitty world map provides a curious look at those individuals who are standing over-the-shoulder. The map only tracks some viewers' city and country locations. It is a thoughtful way to realize how many different people around this world are keen to explore a simple story of a sailboat. It gives no personal information nor IP addresses, just so that you know! It is only a fun thing, not a digital snooping device of any sort!
Sometimes I wonder how some of you readers actually come to have an interest in a Cape Dory sailboat of this type. It is especially curious to see the red dots of the world map light up in places like the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Russia, the UK. It is also interesting how there are no digital hits from Africa, South America and Australia? It would be terrific to hear from some of you readers in those locations.
Meanwhile, I have recently had the trailer for the dory refitted in order to properly launch and haul her on boat ramps. It has been a long awaited fitment. Here is a photo of Baggy Wrinkles' launch where my wagon's wheels are at the water's edge, the trailer is underwater, and the dory has yet to float off the trailer. Since the dory is about 2.7 feet draft, and the water is about 3.5 feet, she still cannot float into the water.
|This dory weights 2,000 pounds, so don't think you can just push it off. You cannot. And pull? Doubt that too!|
So I requested the manufacturer to refit the trailer with a 10 foot extension which would permit further extension down any boat ramp to allow a "float-off" launch and a "float-on" haul out. The extension sits directly beneath the "road hitch" and extends out providing about 8 additional feet of longitude at the ramp. Photos show both views:
As I said to the manufacturer's representative, I'm a sailor, not an engineer. Having this extension provides me peace of mind at any ramp, that I know for sure the dory can get on and off the trailer without damage to the hull or incident to it's owner and skipper!
I was certainly anxious to test the extension at the ramp and did so, pulling her out of the water. The critical element was if she could "float on" the trailer. Using two lines, one for bow and stern, I guided her into the pathway of the trailer.
These photos were taken as I had her in the chandlery area for some additional fitment and small troubleshooting.
The Cape Dory is a heavy little boat whose design requires proper fitments from trailer to deck. This little extension was not very expensive at all, and certainly has made the transition from land to sea, a more confident process!