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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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

She's Forty-one this Year!

Hull #729, Baggy Wrinkles, is 41 this year.  I think back to 1974, and boy what a time.  A quick scan back over the internet blob of data shows a remarkable tale of events.

After bringing the Cape Dory to her new home at the Lake Murray Yacht Club in South Carolina 2013
1974 Inflation continues to spiral out of control around the world reaching 11.3% in the USA and 17.2% in the UK and the global recession deepens. The famous skeleton "Lucy" is discovered in Ethiopia which lived between 3.9 to 3 million years ago. More and more smaller digital based consumer products appear in the shops and the earliest forms of Word Processors appear which resemble a typewriter more than a computer. After the findings of the Watergate Scandal Richard Nixon becomes the first US president forced to resign from office.  
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I was still in college in 1974.  I'd missed the draft by quite a distance as by that time, it had become rather ironically, a lottery about going to war!?  That was an awful play on words.  By this time I'd been sailing for about 7 years but was fascinated with Hobie Cats rather than Cape Dories.  Cats were wet and fast and still are.  I prefer the water to stay out of the cockpit these days.  In the Cape Dory brochure for 1977, the price of an open cockpit typhoon is about $6500 dollars--pricey considering a new car ran about $3,000.  Today, a Weekender model will run anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 depending upon condition.  Talk about value!  Of course the dollars aren't the same are they.  And even so, the price point is very attractive today.  
Just for perspective!  And it is amazing to celebrate the 41st birthday of a remarkably well-built sailboat.  That is this year.  I think it's time she got new bottom paint for her birthday!  So am plotting to fit this work into my spring schedule which now is looking extremely tight.  Am planning to put on a vinyl bottom paint.  Baggy Wrinkles sits on a trailer when not dancing on the water.  So a slick hull will do her good.