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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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some things necessarily have to be done at he same time as when the mast is down for economy's sake.

So while waiting on Rigging Only to ship back my standing rigging, I'll order a couple of halyards from Jamestown Distributors, and figured to get the mast support engineered so that trailering the dory is safe and easy.  As the photo here shows, the mast simply needs to get off the top of the dory and that requires an extension fitted to the front stem of the trailer.  Yes, it should have been fabricated when the trailer was constructed, but some things are not self-evident to the builders and the input process from the customer is hard at best.  So, it was left to the customer to retrofit, alas me.

The idea is to create an extension from the stem which pushes straight up and cradles the lower 3 foot section of the mast at that position thus reducing overhang at the stern and also relies upon some lift from the stern.  Without the standing rigging attached along with the spreaders, the mast lies about 2 inches off the cabin top.  With a bit more lift from a rear device I should be able to lift the mast to about 4 inches off the cabin top.
If you're looking at this you can see the extension provides sufficient angle to lift the mast off the cabin top.  Rather than a rubber fender as in this photo, I will use a firmer structure made of plastic or perhaps wood which will be attached to the quarterdeck and provide a tie-down area for rubber heavy duty bungies.

And this is the result at the bow end of the structure as I had returned to the yacht club and provisionally covered the dory awaiting the rigging.  It is pretty thick steel, non-galvanized but painted by the shop for a nicer look.  It will deteriorate, so I may have to have it galvanized for the long run.  I tossed a towel into the support bracket for the ride home.  I prefer to install a rubber cushion in the bracket which weather cannot harm.  With this addition, the trailer is pretty much complete now.  

I've missed a few good days of wind on the lake but the el Nino effect has brought so much rain to our region that I figured now was as good a time as any to refit the dory.  The changes will be a welcomed thing as now I can chart when the rigging has been changed.  Plus, this has given me additional time to check other issues like the portions of teak which need a bit of attention, the cockpit draining tubing which I did procure in Annapolis while in DC a few weeks back, and other small items which simply need a few hours of work.  All very easy yet time-consuming.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cold temps and good weather seems to be the right time to get done some refit for Baggy Wrinkles.  While the lake promises some great sailing, January is a bit prickly temperature-wise, especially as I've several items to fix aboard.  And you know how it goes, you see one thing and then another, and figure, well I'll not be doing this again for a long, why not fix that too?

A provisional setup to get to the trailer modification.  Mast has to be lifted so that it sufficiently clears any contact with the top of the cuddy cabin.  Provides time to examine all rigging components and possibly apply some fresh non-skid while the weather is good and warmish.

And then one thing leads to another!  Have hauled her to the trailer fabricator for a modification to support the mast during road trips, then took advantage of this time to remove and closely examine all standing rigging and halyards.  Have determined a quick fix is important and timely. 

Windex was torn off by branches coming into contact with it during a severe storm some months back when the device was brand new.  I know, lucky me....

These little buggers annoy me cause I would prefer to see my swages rather than guess at their location.  I've put off this replacement for a number of years now.  I guess this might be the right time to replace while I am re-looking the condition of my standing rigging.
 So, after some conversation with my fellow Cape Dory folks on the website of the CDSOA, I decided to confer with the smart folks at Rigging Only for a rigging overhaul.  They seemed extremely knowledgeable and helpful, the latter, something one looks for when trying to engage an older vessel's characteristics and requirements.  After conversation with the folks at Rigging Only, I bundled up my standing rigging and sent it off for inspection and refit where necessary, especially those barrel-turnbuckles.  They seem to be especially troublesome in that unless secured with the nut properly, they'll begin to turn while underway.  Pretty soon, the rigging begins to deteriorate in terms of tension.  I'll have them change these out with an open style turnbuckle so that at least dealing with the device is obvious rather than concealed.

While doing my inspection I noted in particular one lower shroud, a problem I had not seen, where several strands of the stainless steel wire had broken at the swage point!  Then while removing the forestay from the mast I discovered the cotter pin holding the pin had never been crimped.  Yes, truly remarkable, never been crimped, and it was simply inserted through the holding pin and could be removed gently with my fingers!  I shuddered to think how many blows this had been through and still managed to survive!  I duly chastised myself for not thoroughly checking my rig.  After all, it's nobody's fault but my own that I missed checking.

We all like to sail our boats but you can't see the problems from 15 to 20 feet like this sailor, taken by the 1st Mate of Baggy Wrinkles' Skipper

It was a good process to de-rig the boat, step down the mast, and examine everything for defects.  We all like to be on our boats rather than working on them, however, it is part of the routine to do the maintenance.  I also like the aspect of knowing every part of the vessel so I can anticipate problems better.

So, a bit more time on the hard now, waiting for the rigging to return, waiting for the trailer fix, and then I'll suit her up again and test her on the lake.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Since I'm on the road for another week I figured I might as well do what I usually do when I'm not sailing, look at some sailboats for sale!  It's just a habit.  One day am thinking of adding a cruising vessel to my inventory in order to do some coastal sailing.  For later...

So I took some time and traveled across the Chesapeake to find a couple of Sparkman & Stephens' designs that were on sale in Rock Hall.  The drive was great, gentle hills, green rye grass everywhere, and a sunny Winter day.  Kind of like we have down South in Winter.  Snow had not arrived.  There was a hint of cold in the bright skies too however.  It is a beautiful drive from the Bay Bridge to Rock Hall, and once there it appears to be a delightful country location.  Agent told me that it is invaded by folks from Philly in the Summer months!

This is a cool day on the lake down in the South.  Afternoon sun warms up the teak coaming on the portside.
So we walked around the crushed rock terrain of the marina, saw the vessels which had peeked my interest, and saw another vessel on a fire-sale, had some good conversation with the sales person and made the drive back over the expansive twin span.  A cold haze hung over the deck at about 1000 feet obscuring vision past about 5 miles.  I didn't see any sailboats out on the water at 2pm in the afternoon, which surprised me a bit.  But then I don't sail this area and despite the obvious recognition of the water and its history, I have to just look and see and learn.  But the visit was good.  I was amazed at the number of boats stored on the hard, about 1400!  So many hulls, so many stories, so many boat dreams.

Perspective from over my shoulder on a cool southern sail on the lake...

Temperatures here in Maryland are too cool to be even remotely comfortable for sailing unless you're training for a cold weather event.  And the weather has just recently turned very cold.  I could see launching for a few hours at the most, and then head back for some warm-up activities for the rest of the afternoon.

Soon I'll be headed back south to a cool winter and some fine lake sailing again.  Chris, in Michigan, on Get Kraken, shared some very very frigid pics of his marina on his blogsite (see list to the right).  I'm scared to death of such cold!  Does make me appreciate our extended sailing season tho.  We don't take it for granted either!  We've got a bit of protective gear for those days doesn't take much, I'll confess.

We're not out of the woods yet however. The cold pushing-in from the north tends to hit us several times during January and February.  And before we know it March comes and we await the countdown to summer heat.  So, this is a great sailing season for us!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Winter seems long to me right now.  Even longer since I'm on the road for a bit in Maryland.  I truly sympathize with my fellow sailors who've had to store away their sailboats for the Winter.  I guess I'd have to resort to the last images before I put away my dory for the winter as a stipend to carry me through these arctic blasts now hitting the USA.

I'd forgotten how cold real cold weather is.  I'm watching the temperatures dip below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and it is really cold!  And even more so since the south had high temps all the way through New Year.  Today the temps are more seasonal down south with a bitter cold now laid in.  Here are a few photos that remind me that winter might be just a bit more bearable if we remember a few weeks back.

After a sail and ready for haul out.
Hanks contrast against the late winter sun.
Lined up for launch, taking care of details.

Cover rolled and ready for removal before launch.

Warm winter sunlight is warmer than nothing at this point.  Hopefully these photos will help some of my fellow sailors warm up during this winter solstice.