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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Monday, July 4, 2016

Waiting on the Alberg to arrive

So the wait goes on this sweltering 4th of July...

As we count the days for the Alberg 30 to arrive in the Southern USA, the oppressive summer heat is broken only by afternoon thunderstorms brewed by the combination of heat on the ground and cool circulation above.  But it's an expected heat that comes every summer this time of the year.

Preparing for the arrival of the Alberg, I've begun to prioritize my inspection list developed from the Survey findings and our personal observation while visiting Nova Scotia in May.

As viewed in May in this photo, it presents very well as seen in this view of the main cabin, the sole inserts cover bilge and extra holding areas, covers are adequate if not fancy, and the wood is clean and well cared for.  Additional reading on Alberg websites helps to direct my planning to examine other items such as the mast support which extends above the forward V berth compartment hatchway, and the chain-plate refit of larger bolts, redone by many to provide certain assurance for an aging vessel.  Without seeing the vessel again first-person, I am still putting together this "punch list:"

  • Inspect propeller shaft and bearing seals aft for prop
  • validate through-hull(s) integrity
  • examine and/or replace sea cocks, valves and tubing
  • validate and/or re-put cabin porthole caulking
  • inspect, evaluate and/or fix arch support underneath mast below decks
  • inspect electrical circuitry, install in-line connectors, validate guages
  • inspect diesel, test, replace identified items
  • examine rigging for identified weaknesses
  • validate bottom paint and exterior below waterline items like zincs, rudder
  • clean, prep and polish hull above the water line
  • evaluate teak condition and prioritize remedies
  • examine boat cover for redesign to function as mooring cover

That's a good start list I think.  You can see what's on my mind by reading the items placed here in order of priority.  Some items may be deferred to while she is in her slip at the club, while others have to be identified and remedied before she is splashed.

There must be a way to hide these unsightly wires?  I wonder if those port-lights are weather resistant? I like the air-horn but don't think it needs to remain on the shelf inside.  Small stuff not worth much energy right now.

As the photo above shows, she's in very good condition although a bit aged in appearance, sort of like me.  Looks as though some circuit planning, instrument evaluation and wish-list, and design thoughtfulness, will all be good "on the hard" projects for the way-ahead during this long hot summer.

I recall years ago when peg-board was 'state of the art' for garage work areas.  I think we'll remedy this with something a bit more suitable of this vessels stature of design.  I think teak strips would look good here.

This Alberg is dated with its "peg-board" interior.  But for now, that's ok.  I can see refitting that later as we become more comfortable with sailing her, and we have an idea what would "feel good" below decks for that.  Plus, the good thing with the peg board is it provides nearly perfect templates for the areas needing refitting or updating.  Since the survey was very complete, the analysis of the surveyor was to first, "sail the boat" and leave some of these refit items to later.  I think the Acadians' comments were due to their short sailing season; just to be humorous.  But the fact is, the boat is in very good condition, a great vessel to build upon, sort of like Baggy Wrinkles was. 

Ballast of 9,000 pounds, this Alberg is quite hefty for her 30' LOA
Even the trailer will need some attention when she arrives as the owner told me her tires were 15 years old!  That might be important I'd think.

So we wait for the transport to arrive, sometime now in July, we'll offload her, and carefully tow her to the yacht club and set her on the hard for this "checklist" period.  The mast will be down, and due to her size, this will be an ideal period to do the "strengthening" issues before rigging again.  The most bothersome thing will be the heat, which in summer here, is quite intense.  I'll also look into some sort of provisional canopy to protect her a bit while I may have to be below decks working in during the day.  

Pretty soon we hope to see this view of the Alberg, taken before she was lifted onto her trailer for travel south, in a slip at our club.  As I've said, she looks like a Cape Dory Typhoon on steroids with the very similar lines.  But then that is not a surprise as they are both Albergs.