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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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Summer has emerged in the South.

Rain has arrived and the first pollen has started falling in earnest.  I remember the pine green coating all over Baggy Wrinkles last year but this year, it's all outside the protected cover.  Miserable stuff too causing folks all sorts of upper respiratory problems.  Temperatures have risen into the 80s now, although water temps drag well behind that.  But it won't be too long now that the water catches up.

So, in this transitional season I took time to work on the old crusty Danforth which came with the Dory a couple of years back now.   It came out of a salty environment and had pretty much a rich coating of scruffy stuff attached to it.  

Probably not the best therapy for an anchor as the sanding and filing wore down the exterior coating on the metal.  But for as much as I might use it, a little Permalac will do, to protect it from corrosion.  I rarely anchor and this Danforth will go into a bag for storage underneath one of the berths.  It's a good little exercise to clean something up and get it ready for use.  

8 pounds.  That's the size of this anchor.  It's probably just about right for the size of the dory.  On this lake I could probably get away with a 5 pound anchor however.  8 pounds is a certain victory.

As the weather has now warmed, it is time to turn attention to the hull for a bit of work and resurfacing of the hull from a salt-water protective ablative paint to a vinyl application which should protect Baggy Wrinkles from this fresh water lake and provide a bit faster flow through the water than the other paint.  We don't really have a proper work yard but one of the members has illustrated a unique method for positioning his 29 footer tied to a couple of trees and I think that'll be the method I use to get to my hull for this operation.  More to follow...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stormy weather where you are?  I am happy to report that Baggy Wrinkles remains dry and cozy through some of the stormy weather which marks the changing of seasons her in South Carolina.

After some brisk winds and rain over repeated days, she looks like she's going to be just fine underneath her new cover.  Really, that's the acid test of a cover isn't it?  Protection from the elements.

I was very happy to see this snow on the cover rather than on the Cape Dory the other day!

A quick look revealed that everything is functioning as planned for Baggy Wrinkles.  In the South of the US, the transitional weather is pretty brisk in Spring.  We get numerous storms sweeping from the West to the North East and with that, hail, trees falling down, and a good number of tornadoes or tornadic activity associated with the storms.  I feel pretty confident that this year my vessel is protected from 95% of all of the weather moving our way.  In the event a tornado arrives and picks up boat and trailer, oh well!  I'll call Boat U.S. then!

I took a number of closeup photos of the craftmanship of this cover so that if you're a Cape Dory owner, you'll have a solid idea of what you can expect.  We all want our boats protected and despite the cost of such a thing. We've all seen the "hangar queens" so to speak in the boat yard, with their loose cords and torn plastics, others sagging from water collection, brown and black stains from trees and weather make for an awful serious deterioration of plastic and wood.

So these few photographs should help with those concerns.  I spent so much personal time working on my teak that I really want to give it as much life-span as possible.  This photo sums up what the cover is doing along the gunwale of Baggy Wrinkles.  And inside is no different:
Dry and protected until the next launch.  I did not enhance these photos either.  I only increased highlighting or removed some shadows to show the evidence of the protection.  

I don't mind at all recommending this outfit for their work.  They now feature the Cape Dory Typhoon Weekender mooring cover on their website.  They can do the alterations to make the cover fit your Typhoon a bit quicker than mine as mine was their first.  You will see a link to this blog for information on the cover, how it began and how it finally came to fit Baggy Wrinkles!