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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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Well the first sail with the new rigging was great.  Nothing broke.

It didn't sail any different than it had but the ability to look and see the connections and see how turning left or right made sense was important.  I really can't always remember if tightening is right or left.  Looking at a chart or guide helps people like me.  Maybe I'll remember it later. 
Original 6 turnbuckles on the dory.
Replacement turnbuckles today.
The closed turnbuckles above leave much to the imagination.  However, if you look closely there are several toggles that are bent, and even the nuts are of different sizes.  I inherited the rig and this is simply my effort at making the vessel my own.  I'm sure other owners did the same.  I hope they did.  I do think the open turnbuckles and the new strands of woven steel will help Baggy Wrinkles achieve her optimum under way.  It's not too pricey at about 80 dollars per stay.  Realizing their importance and the possibility of breakage is always a concern.  I guess I can delay that anxiety for a while now, not that I actually thought much about it in the first place though. 
For the time being the first sail since a bit of re-varnishing,  caulking, fixing, and new standing and running rigging, was a delight.  It had been about 5 weeks in-between which time my father had passed away.  So, things became quite hectic for a bit.  Finally, my schedule and the weather relented and I was able to finish up and get 'er done.  Our February was moderate and made for delightful days of fixing things outdoors. 

The pollen is falling in the Southern USA and it filled the sky with a light green haze as the ground has begun to develop a green dust everywhere.  It seemed to coincide with St Patrick's Day....

 I tossed my burgees onto the topping lift and gently slipped off onto the larger lake area where there were no waves to speak of and a gentle breeze in this season of late winter.  A really perfect day to do a check sail.  Periodically I would watch the shrouds, and rather carefully made a couple of corrections on the water by parking, going to the leeward shroud and turning it left to tighten a bit.  I did this very carefully as in conversation with Rigging Only they advise extreme care for on the water changes.  But when one of the turnbuckles was dangling, I knew there needed to be a bit more tension.  After tightening one side I parked on the other side and did the same yet a bit less than the first.  I did not want to tighten much, just for the obvious.  Once back on terra-firma, I would do the nug-work and begin to approach a satisfactory tautness when not under pressure and when plumb.

Blue for the Main, Red for the Genoa.  That is easy! And yes, the yellow tint on the horizon is pollen.
 While sailing the dory never really sustained 15 degrees heel but about twice, it mostly was less than 5 degrees the entire time of 3 hours on the lake.  Impressively, as the photo above shows, coloring the main and jib/genoa sheets was deliberate and necessary.  I like labels and colors which do not require me to do the mental math of determining what I'm pulling on.  Grabbing the red is easy, that's the jib!  Plus, now that the diameters are correct, they flow through the sheaves easily.  Should have done this long ago, but now that it is done, everything is simply just easier.

Even the water seemed to have a yellow tint to it across the lake. I wanted to jump overboard and test my Sea-Step boarding ladder but decided I didn't want to get painted with the pollen.  I will wait.  I tested it with the 1st Mate in the Fall with success, but there is the need to do it again solo so that I am very competent that I can re-board if I fall overboard while alone.  The optimal test will be to fall overboard while a friend watches from another vessel to rescue just in case.  And to do this with the mainsheet locked as it might be underway when I fall over.  Seeing how the boat will round-to and when it will round-to is important.  Questions like, 'Can I manage the swim to the round-up point?"  Or, "Will I have to swim in cold water for 50 meters or more?"  Things one needs to know before that misstep and plunge.
Wrapped in sail cloth.

After several days in the water doing test sails, the shrouds did stretch a bit and require additional tightening.  Down below was dry too, a credit to the fine tubing from West Marine.