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, August 29, 2015

Had some good sailing the past few days as a cool front from up north pushed toward the east and brought with it some persistent winds.  The summer is definitely waning as daytime temps moderate away from those searing 100s with no wind to high 80s and breezes.  

Warm summer waters are made pleasant by an overcast sky and moderate temperatures.

Sailing with a friend the other day, put in one reef at the dock but after about 30 minutes we pulled up and parked while I took out the reef and went full mainsail.  An easy procedure using a back-winded jib.

Sometimes it's great to just follow a rhumb-line and enjoy the conversation that follows, something easy to do on this design which seems to lend itself to easy sailing.  This was one of those days.  Most of the projects for Baggy Wrinkles which follow involve fine tuning a few things.    I definitely need to replace the main and jib halyards.  I've put up with them since I've had her but knew I'd one day replace them with the 5/16th line.  Right now they're pretty thick and bulky and don't respond quickly to a tug.  Plus, due to my perception, I'll have each line made with a different color so that when I'm in the midst of a hoist or adjustment I don't have to think "hey, is this the jib or main halyard???"

The trailer fix in the past entry was a success in haul-out the other day too.  Wrapping the galvanized angle iron was a great prevention for a miss at the trailer during haul-out.  Lots of rubber and foam prevents from human error.  Plus, it's really really an inexpensive solution to a frustrating problem when the keel scrapes and the paint comes off!

View from the bow plate up the line of bronze hanks to the top of the head-sail.

Looking forward to some great Fall sailing as temps drop further and the Autumn winds begin to blow.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sometimes the most dangerous part of sailing, for me, is the launch and haul-out.  Some drama in it. 

Being a "dry sailor" I keep Baggy Wrinkles on a trailer safe and sound between her auditions.  With the debris and weather, a tremendous amount of deterioration is avoided by keeping her covered on a trailer. 

Sitting safe and sound on her trailer, cover taut, waiting for her next adventure on the water.  Every day she is out of the water is a day saved on the end of her life-span as deterioration is momentarily slowed and the UV rays are prevented from eating at the fiberglass and teak. 

In my opinion, the adventure of heading to the ramp is more dramatic than when she's 2nd reefed, heeled over in 25+ kts of wind!

After putting the new coating of mono-urethane on her hull, I have taken great care to make sure she gets on and off the trailer without scraping any parts of her hull and leaving that paint on the trailer.  One tendency of the dory hull is that sometimes it seems to miss the keel alignment boards and noses between the upper bunks and the bottom keel opening supports.  This makes for an awkward and inappropriate positioning of the hull.  Call it dangerous for a paintjob.

So some brainstorming for a quick and easy solution.  Rubber?  Foam?  More structures on the trailer? 

Going with the old adage used in the military schools that "less is better" at this juncture, I decided to just increase enough rubber and foam to protect the entrance of the keel board alignment area in order to nose the dory into its cradle, just right.  Some trailers look as if they are overbuilt while others look woefully inadequate.  So, after scratching that gorgeous paint job I took a month to produce, I made a couple of "preventers" at the opening of the keel bed to preclude any false entries at haul out. 

The stiff rubber tubing at the entry point was my first attempt to guide the keel in gently.  As that did not do the trick, I added the foam insulation wrap tied to the galvanized (say dangerous to the keel!) metal uprights so that a missed entry does not become a paint removal event.

If this does not meet the need, I will look to put some sort of preventer which will go from the entrance of the keel bed to the first bunk support or the stiff rubber tubing which will decisively prevent the hull from entering either the left or right of the bed.

Yeah, the hoses extruding from the bunk look rather silly, but meant to guide the keel as the dory enters the keel guide.

It's not a big thing but when you want the underneath to look as pretty as the deck, you've got to take serious measures to protect the keel from nicks and scratches.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The website for Cape Dory enthusiasts, seems to not be functioning properly for some of the membership.  If you're trying to sign onto that site the situation might not prove well.  Our webmasters assure us of a solution in due time.  In the meantime, go sailing!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The heat around this time of year is grueling and tenacious. 

Sometimes it will tease you with a knot or 2 then die when you are a mile from port leaving you to your best planning and preparation.
With little wind to interrupt the southern furnace, our sailing area tends toward becoming a mirror-like surface which broils the crew and pours UV rays with its refracted power the sun bleaching sails, drying lines, and cooking anything in its path.  I have to say there is one time on the water I cannot stand; those times when a windless mirror of silver water and the exhaustive dehydration which comes with the hopeless thought of a breath of wind seers every living creature in its grasp.  I've given up on races when waiting for wind to build.  I've flaked sails and headed proudly for home when others blindly bobbed in the broil while I run for extraction from the grasp of this menacing torture.  These are conditions which are prima for water-skiing but don't give much to the sailor in these hottest of the days of summer.
Osage Starfire Spirt, or Kira, her stage name, contemplating the heat on a summer day.  She's definitely not a southern animal.  She's dreaming of frigid temperatures. 

So, to fend-off temporary acedia, I flip-flop and focus on other things during these unbearable periods when weather patterns give no relief.  Even my collie refuses to go outside for but the most ordinary of reasons, remaining in the a/c and the protection of the cool tile and wood floors.  She's a good indicator for me of when it is unreasonably hot.  But too, I use these times beneficially to do some of that online researching for little items I need to address on Baggy Wrinkles. 

While she is safely hiding from the heat, I browse the online websites, looking at how I can improve her standing rigging, her blocks, tracks, cleats, and appointments and I create my to-do list of improvements.  Another easy task to perform is periodic teak varnishing on some of the high-use areas.  This is easily performed in the early morning cool temperatures.  Plus, the ever-continuing search for oddities like cockpit drain screens, improvements to simple connectors in the rigging, and checking linkages in high stress areas like the shrouds and fore-stay make for good use of time when the thought of sailing is the last thing I'm thinking. 

I also look at boats, other boats, other designs, and then I come back to the 18.5 foot Typhoon and consider myself luckier than that guy on who has a 1985 50 footer on the hard, deteriorating, cannot sell cause they want too much money for what it would actually take for one to get the vessel operational again, and my eyes grow swollen and tired at the small writing which indicates the listing was put many years ago.  That boat, and many others, probably can't even be sold anymore.  And if you have one, you'd best keep it, cause no one is going to offer you what you put into yours to keep it so gorgeous all those years.  It's a grandchild thing, not even your children will want it when you're long gone.  

On days I don't sail, I think about things like this and a few other things, it doesn't matter, one doesn't have to be in a hurry with a boat like this.

A GoPro still snap, while underway on a decisively dory day in the spring.