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: