Baggy Wrinkles

Baggy Wrinkles
S/V Nautica, Hull #614, Built at Whitby Boatworks Ltd., Ontario, Canada 1977, one of the most recognizeable Carl Alberg designs. A masthead sloop displacing 9000 lbs, keel hull, Yanmar 15 hp diesel, LOA 30.27 Beam 8.75, Draft 4.29, roller furling headsail, tiller, berths for 4, interior teak bulkheads, teak cap rail and cockpit teak coamings, 12 volt lighting, aluminum mast support, Harken self tailing winches, in its day was designed for customers as a Cruiser-Racer, the Alberg 30 remains a Classic design of the modest Alberg inventory.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

It was a gorgeous day for easy sailing.   And the first sail for a four year old grandchild.  It's not all about high winds and competitive tacking.  Today was all about a first experience aboard a sailboat.  My first experience was at 14, strong winds, deep blue pacific ocean, and wondering if I'd ever return to the shore--I didn't see any need to repeat that drama here!

With Daughter in Law and Grandchild aboard we headed out after testing, to enjoy Baggy Wrinkles on a warm Fall day in South Carolina.  A perfect day of gentle sailing and a great day to introduce sailing to someone.

So, before boarding, there were the normal safety issues, briefing about this and that.  Meanwhile my littlest sailor was itching to get going.  Dispense with the details Grandad, let's go! 

Winds were light at about 6kts and seas calm, the air about 70 degrees, and a few other sailboats skimming about with us.  The pure enjoyment of sailing sometimes relieves us from the duties brought about by strong winds, shroud tension, and those ever-present critical moments of sailing which are routine to a vessel being blown about by nature.  But this was simple enjoyment, the type of sailing the Cape Dory does without fanfare and does well.

My daughter in law assisted expertly in hoisting both jib and mainsail, so that made everything quite a bit smoother to get underway.  So off we went baggy wrinkles and all, lines about the cockpit and warnings about the ever-present boom and its capricious moves!  I think the smallest member of our crew did manage to bump into the boom once, between munchies...

This was the first time any of my grandchildren had come aboard the dory too!  We were a bit askew, with a fender hanging off the starboard side, sails almost trimmed but not quite, lines about the cockpit and the 4 year old asking if there was anything to eat!  Sure, eat!  That's what it's all about isn't it?  We all enjoy eating aboard a yacht, especially in good weather.  Out emerge the Pringles and all is well....

Of more interest to me than Pringles was that the tension bracing bar in the cockpit worked efficiently whether on a close reach, abeam, or downwind.  There was no evidence of the waggling slackness I'd observed normally on the vessel.  The stainless steel pin never worked loose.  I had thought of drilling all the way through the tubing and may do that eventually, but for now it worked well.
Meanwhile, aboard the Baggy Wrinkles, all is well, she's sailing so easily, and proving to my new crew just how fond one can become of an old sailboat like the dory.  As my daughter in law said, it was very therapeutic.  I agreed!

Ashore, the 1st Mate was taking all these photographs, trying to capture both the Baggy Wrinkles and the other, equally energetic grandchild, zombie walking all around the yacht club.  I knew our time was limited, so before either of the little ones ran out of sufficient interest in things I turned the vessel back to port feeling that a small success was a big accomplishment!

 And so the sail was complete and successful.  No fingers were snapped, no heads bumped, at least not too much, and all returned to the rigging dock with fanfare.  This sail was a grandkid sail and for a first time aboard, he did real well.  I expect years from now he may look back on this first experience with great delight. 

So, then, it is back to details and fixing little things, making them work better.  One of the next projects will be to repaint the textured deck gripping on the dory.  While at the Newport Boat Show, I had spoken to the Epiphanes Yacht Coatings representatives about the terrific matt finish product I'd used and how I wanted to find something for my deck grip.  After some phone chats and so forth, the deck paint has arrived.  Perhaps before I set off for a trip to Europe, I may be able to get this done!