|Making way on a port reach toward the photographer. First Mate took this photo on a warm sunny day.|
The rain has been washing over her for several days, but down below, she's tight and dry, her cover holding off the watery world once again. Watching the forecasts it appears the weather will break and clear on 1 June, the day before she must depart for Rappahannock. We will remove her cover, stow it away for travel, bring down the mast, and secure the shrouds for travel. She'll be off for one last sail with us in Virginia.
It's simply been a terrific three years of exploring the Cape Dory Typhoon, admiring the design which may not be the optimal choice for lake sailing everyday, has proven herself in a variety of winds, especially the strong ones, as a vessel of remarkable tenacity and strength.
|This is a strong little bitty cruiser that's for sure!|
I recall a summer blast that came out of the west across the lake one day, (look here for that one! https://youtu.be/-qnVTb3T8sc ) , and there was a burly wall of whipping wind and water that rushed across the lake at several of our vessels. One Pearson Ensign took refuge behind a peninsula and others battened down and reduced sail. I slacked the main and crept forward enough to stay in place while the water poured into the cockpit. But the drains worked quite well, and despite some pelleting rain in the face, we saw ourselves to the other side of the cloudburst after some 20 minutes. There was no need to hide that day, there was hardly any convection but lots of bravado in the blow. Baggy Wrinkles impressed me that day and many other days, and suggested to me that if I were to ever head off-shore that she'd be a design of choice. Her larger editions, designed in much the same style would be competent cruisers indeed. I made a mental note. The Cape Dory is a legendary design, by a legendary designer, Carl Alberg.
So as I searched for a larger boat to handle the possibility of guests and grand-kids, I decided to shift toward a similar Alberg design and found a preference for a similar design called the Alberg 30. Here below are the Alberg 30 on the left and the Cape 30 Dory designs:
I've studied these designs side by side and can find only the slightest of differences which do make for a bit of difference in handling although both boats are very seaworthy vessels, the Cape Dory seeming to have a bit higher freeboard than the Alberg and the slightest of difference in keel line, and a bit slimmer in the beam.
Very similar vessels.
The Alberg 30 has a lower freeboard than the Cape Dory cutter design, and is a skidgeon less beamy with an 8.75 rather 9.0 beam (not much difference) and 409 sq feet of sail area as to 436 in the Cape Dory, and about a foot taller main mast than the Alberg. I'm sure someone of more astute insight on characteristics would cite the vagaries of all that. Seemed to me the Alberg had a distinct profile that appealed more to me this time than it's cousin the Cape Dory (Alberg), which is a differences of qualifications but not quality.
Our intent is to transition from the Typhoon to the larger Alberg and one day to get more mobile, and haul the Alberg to the Coast, the Gulf or the Great Lakes for "other waters'" adventures. Sailing for several months or longer in other places will afford us a different sort of journey than simply long offshore periods. And, because the First Mate doesn't swim, I don't want to have her in the middle of the big blue wrapped in a life vest all the time. Being able to take a mooring and go ashore daily as we wish will be our plan. A trailer will afford us making good time overland too!
So this last weekend is memorable and we're looking forward to one final great weekend with the best of the itty bitty cruisers!