Our years long journey with her is soon to transition. She's been on the market for several weeks and has had several pretty interested suitors. It's been enjoyable to speak with the folks about her and one couple even stopped by for a hands-on experience. We never put her on any listing site, rather we just continued sailing her and biding our time. We love her and hate to think that one day she'll depart. And that day is soon.
But adventures lead somewhere, and this one has led us to another Alberg design, sort of like a Bigger Baggy Wrinkles, just much bigger.
I had found a suitable yacht back in January while at school, on the hard in Rock Hall, Maryland, which was particularly hard to find and rather cold too at that time of year. A "distressed sailor" sale, which was sold out from under my interest after seeing her first-hand and wondering about our possible relationship for a couple of weeks. It was a Sparkman and Stephens design, not an Alberg, and it fascinated me but did not bring me to decision. So, when it sold to another buyer, I shrugged my shoulders and kept sailing. I knew that as we prepare for the next few years, we wanted to continue sailing a classic design like Baggy Wrinkles, with her stability and lines of yesteryear, and we also wanted a bit more room aboard too. Room enough for another couple of kids or adults, perhaps grandchildren might want to become pirates? And yet we did not want to go too big. It had to fit in our lake, and it needed a trailer, and should be able to do coastal sailing later. First Mate wants to be able to go ashore at exotic ports and find treasure, so there won't be any passage making in our future! But coastal attacks on marinas and moorings abound.
Like all of us, I love to look for sailboats, and have written of this penchant before. So in searching, I narrowed my selection to the Alberg keel hull design, excluded the larger Cape Dory designs because they were more suited to oceanic voyages and passages. I wanted something more suited to our interests and settled on the Alberg 30. It seemed a fitting transition for us to go a little big bigger, 12 more feet in length, trailerable still, and yet that adorable design that makes eyes turn with the identical teak coamings, rub-rails and other quaint touches that suggest another time and place.
|It's another Alberg! Sort of like Baggy Wrinkles on steroids...|
We flew north, to Nova Scotia, where we saw our next adventure, and we closed on the deal. It is still cold up there, but we're very lucky indeed that temperatures were still in the 50s and 60s with plenty of sunshine for several days too! We took plenty of photographs. And as you can see from the photo, Spring had not arrived when we stopped by and found her.
I know what you're thinking, "Why in the world did you go all the way to Nova Scotia to find this sailboat?" Hmmm, that makes you wonder... Well, I think it was a "hunch," that this boat looked very cared-for in the photos, and very clean. It was the full-cover that caught my eye. Something told me, strike quickly! I competed in a bidding war that never got a chance to continue, as the first bidder dropped out. The seller accepted my bid. We decided to travel north to validate the survey. The rest is history.
In the meantime, we are scheduled to compete in the Typhoon Nationals one more time, and will do so 4-6 June at the Rappahannock Yacht Club in Irvington, VA. We had a great time there two years ago, changing Baggy Wrinkles' name and pouring champagne over her with the crowd watching. It was a hoot. This will be our last time in that setting as Baggy Wrinkles is scheduled to meet her new owners that weekend. A sad but necessary day as we transition from one vessel to another. Yet not without much fond appreciation of this legendary vessel, Baggy Wrinkles.
Until then there are some things to do aboard to get her ready for closing, and a little bit more sailing too. There's always more to do and always a few more photographs! One of our club members photographed Baggy Wrinkles under sail the other week and I hope to post several of those here when he gets around to sending them! The water in the cove was smooth and the breezes were turning the dory on her leeward rail. Should be interesting!
We will keep our Baggy Wrinkles photos, so many of them, and may continue this blog or may not. Not sure. Some folks read it every new post and yet not sure its followers want to follow another boat blog. However, the Alberg 30 is a unique vessel as well, and part of the Adventure Series!