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 large Alberg inventory.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Curtains from an old sail? Novel or crazy?  A bit of both I suppose...but I just couldn't throw away good sail cloth with such a history of travels.  So every time I look at these curtains I'm reminded of voyages that someone has taken, now captured in a piece of sail hanging in my window.  Imagine how many people in the past 40 years looked up at that Ty symbol and thought of their remarkable little boat.  Some dreams too of sailing bigger boats, but all had some rapport with this sail.  What a history!

So this is the conclusion to the sail/curtains post of a couple weeks back.  I've worked these sail curtains now for quite some time.  As I mentioned, the lofter wasn't keen on the idea, so I took my sail, headed home, and began to create the curtains.  I used the mainsail pictured above for the project.  The rest of it will go to a sail cloth shop.  The jib, still in serviceable condition may be donated to a project that provides reconditioned sails to Haitian fishermen ( )  I discovered this when one of my colleagues at the CDSOA site mentioned it (  ). 

The ends of the curtain rods, or spars, needed polishing off a bit.  A simple sheet metal jig saw blade made cutting the spars simple. 

In the previous post on this endeavor, I had settled for an almost-there solution.  But I determined that I needed to cap the ends of the spars in order to get a more finished look.  So I contacted Dwyer Mast ( ) who do everything spars and parts, and ordered a step for my spars.  The little pic to the left is their web page photo.  And once arrived, they fit nicely as you can see:

In this simple design, one must use a step on each end of the spars in order to close off the spar.  Usually a mast has only one step at the bottom where the mast sits on the tabernacle base of a boat-for small boats that is.  Larger masts go to rest upon the keel.

Once the steps were inserted, a small hole drilled through provides a short sheet metal screw a place to affix the step to the spar.

This provided a nice clean termination to the spar:

Here are the ends of each sail curtain before mounting.  They are a simple design not meant to be moved up and down very much, since one would have to slip off the knots and roll the sail up or down depending on the situation.  I know that summer sun is the most notorious for annoying me at my desk, and so as the sun creeps toward the northern hemisphere this spring, I will make sure the curtains are down low.  Otherwise, because they are sail cloth, they permit a diffused bit of light into my office, without the heat or blinding brightness.

Once the ends were capped I then fed the sail slots into the spars and close off each curtain "rod" for installation in the office.  Due to the size of the window, I did not want the spar to extend beyond the inner molding of the window frame, thus the need for the rope tie-

I used the excess rope from the sail to simply tie-off on the hanging apparatus.  The effect is a sailing illusion that pays tribute to a sail that made many a person very happy on my Cape Dory for years and years before I found her.  The adaptive approach, the wrinkled sail, all fits in my opinion.  And, since I'm the skipper and the office guy, it works!

Here is the bright sun in the morning and the results of the curtains:

 And its companion window:

 A careful eye will spot the Cape Dory manufacturer's label I affixed to the sail curtain.  The seams of the sail provide character.  And the wrinkles?  Well, it is a blog of Baggy Wrinkles isn't it?

After this post I realized I had obviously wrapped my sail incorrectly around its spar.  Below is the proper roll for a nicer fit and look.  There's always room for improvement!  Voila:

Monday, January 13, 2014

5,000 Page Views!

So 5,000 page views on the 40th Posting!  Wow.  Never thought more than a few people would care about a Cape Dory website.  Now, 5,000 page views.  And, from all over the world.  It's amazing that people in the Russian Federation, in Australia, in the northernmost Canadian outposts, and in other diverse and interesting locations, are reading about BaggyWrinkles.

Perhaps it is my writing style, such elan, such pretension, suspense, or wit.  Or maybe it's not any of those, perhaps it is my brilliant photography and sense of timing.  Well, maybe not those either.  Maybe it is simply the story of a Cape Dory, and the uniqueness of a sailboat which seems to defy time itself.

And then I wonder whether it may not be that readers like my friends.  Here is my friend sailing the Cape Dory with ease on a summer day:

As you can see, he's got his eyes on the mainsail and his easy tiller grip assures us that we're going to be just fine.

Or, maybe the website appeals because of my great first-mate and her expertise at the tiller:

After all, she's gorgeous, and with a smile like that, I'm sure lurkers will download that photo!  Look how she holds onto the starboard winch, and the nails, the nails!

Well, if these were not enough, it's probably that I've had two of my grandchildren aboard the BaggyWrinkles and they loved it, even though one only trailer sailed it!

But last of all, it's me, your humble author.  I thought that the Cape Dory Typhoon was such a remarkable sailboat that I purchased one and brought her home over a year ago now.  I've owned larger boats than this.  But as I say, I downsized from a 47' Beneteau to an 18.5' Cape Dory and never looked back.

Hope that you'll share this site with your friends and follow the journey.  It's only begun.

Friday, January 10, 2014

So when I purchased BaggyWrinkles, it had two new sails and two old sails.  And my first thought was what to do with the old sails.  My project idea did not sit well with a sail lofter, so I decided after some trepidation, to go it on my own and make curtains for my office!

Well, the old sails were suffering from a lot of good sailing weather.  The fabric tore easily and the bronze grommets and hanks were corroded, stains from activity are baked into the crinkled texture.  Yet, with all of this, and a bit of careful work, I figured I could pull together a couple of curtains for 2 windows of about 40 inches squared each. 

Every morning, especially during the summer months, my office is flooded with bright sunshine so that I'm nearly blinded.  I cannot see my laptop to work.  I've even adapted to wearing my cap like a street rapper to block the light bath and manage to work.  So, after a couple of years suffering like this I dove into the project with a vengeance.

I wanted to keep these sails because of what they showed about this Typhoon.  Although rather useless as sails, they would serve the simple need I had in my office.  I used the Cape Dory manufacturer's tag as a patch for where one of the squares had a couple of holes in the cloth:

I had determined to do this project with as little lofting capability as possible!  I cut the squares and allowed enough along the edges to permit me to spray 3M glue over the cloth, fold it and press it down to make a finished edge.

Securing a discarded mast, I cut a couple of sections to serve as valances and used the hardware to hold the sail in place.  I figured I did not need any strings or pulleys on these valances because the Dory boom turns to accommodate the mainsail anyway--so these curtains can be hand rolled to shorten or lengthen for the windows. 

Using ordinary hardware from Lowes or Bed Bath and Beyond, I affixed a couple of arms to hold the spar in place and the sail cloth hung perfectly.  I inserted a small steel rod in the bottom seam of each curtain to provide "pull" on the cloth.  I cut my own pieces of wood to affix at the ends of the spars including a small hole in each.  Before affixing the wood caps I inserted and knotted the end of the sail rope to finish off the look. 

Well, this project is "in process" and needs more time.  With being away from home and such, I've had to delay a final fix on these curtains. 

I decided these wooden end caps were too hard to make for me, and I ordered some caps from Dwyer Aluminum instead.  By the time I return home, the end caps will be my fix and with some sewing of the hem around the steel rods, I'll be close to hanging these curtains up for a final fix.  Here are a couple of pics of the curtains in place without the end caps:

Next step will be to emplace end caps, sew the bottom hem, and have curtains "a la carte."

Friday, January 3, 2014

Holidays have been busy!  And so the maintenance on the Dory has had to take a back seat to other more important things for a bit.

Lots of traveling and visiting with family during the past couple of weeks has interrupted getting things done on the dory.  Two items I have done are ordered some portholes and a builder's plate which I will feature later, and I've been working on the sail curtains which also will appear.  I've been finding ways to "harvest" old pieces of the Dory for memorabilia...

So, the Dory has been on the hard for about a month now.  Yet not forgotten, Here is the joy of "land sailing" as exhibited by one very young grandson sailor while BaggyWrinkles is on the trailer awaiting the rise of the lake depth.  He is just turning 3, the Dory is now 40 years old.  Still bringing delight and joy to just the right clientele: