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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Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Berg is in the water.

With the help of some "usual suspects" at the club, seven of us, without fanfare or incident, stepped the mast and launched the Berg in the warm waters of an Autumnal Lake Murray where she will learn the forgiving seasons of the Southern USA and forget those cold winters on the hard in Nova Scotia!
The empty work yard which for 120 days hosted the Berg, as I worked one problem after another.  It's good to be gone.
The day was perfect.  Overcast and a bit cool.  The gang arrived as planned, at about 1pm, they gathered and meandered to the work yard where we discussed procedure of movement.  Then one of our gang, our 747 pilot said, "hey I've already had 3 things go wrong today, and I want this to go right...a prayer might be in order don't you think?"  I agreed and suggested we pray as Jesus suggested, pray and watch, and then we were off to hook her up and get to the gin pole.

Once there, no one was taking photographs as all hands were "on deck," as they say in the Navy.  Even an Army guy knows this.  So we assembled near the gin pole and began studying how we would approach this task.  A few of us were a bit nervous despite the fact that several of us had participated in raising a large mast before in this very spot.  Each time is filled with a bit of anxiety, "will the mast swing and hit the hull, is the knot holding," or fear that someone might trip and fall, get hit in the head, or otherwise injure something in this process.  But none of that happened.  It was a careful and smooth process.

The next phase was to proceed to the nearby ramp, attach the extension, and back her some 30 feet into the lake.  I had measured the depth and we were fine as that was concerned.  The pilot had brought along his Z71 4X4 2500 Chevy truck which had no issue pulling or dipping the Berg into the water.  Once again, it was less eventful than we expected and all were relieved at the simplicity of this stepping and launching.

Gotta love the guy holding the line!

One hand observes the launch from the cockpit while another holds onto the 9000 pound vehicle in the event it jumps off.
Once launched, we realized our success and I brought over the beers for reward and relief,  We gathered on the gunwhale for some self-congratulations and associated remarks sailors make when there's no more work to be the conversation drifted as you might imagine!  One of our crew, the electrician, stuck his head below to check on the hatchway I had installed and spotted a bit of water dripping from the deck hose which has now become a work concern for me as I seek to stop a persistent sweat from one of my Groco valves that was not quite secure enough.  Aside from that small irritation, all was very well taken care of.  She was in.

And here are the folks who did it, a retired teacher, a 747 Pilot, an electrician, a retired businessman, a retired engineer, and me.  In the following photo is the photographer, a retired military nurse.

These are the gang of six who made this launch successful and for whom I owe a debt of gratitude!

The Berg has made it back into the water and found her personal slip.  Here she is the morning after in the cool morning light of an November morning...
One of the most gorgeous lines on a sailboat ever, the Alberg 30.