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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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Another September Hurricane

Like clockwork the storms are stacking up this season bringing trepidation to many sailors along the coast and inland who have boats in the water.  

When this occurred last September 2017, I struck all windage aboard Nautica, reducing her liability to the constant barrage that comes along with these tropical storms.  I have full confidence that as "Florence" brings its energy that barring unforeseen issues like the object which struck my stern somehow last time, will be limited to minimal.  We've got plenty of lines aboard and a bevy of fenders, if the dock posts don't hold it could be pretty chaotic!  

Last time, we reconfigured some of these big vessels where Nautica's slip is, so that they met the wind head-on, thus reducing the drag on this weakened structure, not yet repaired.  Some smart folks at the club are doing the planning for this storm and my Chef-Skipper knows what right looks like for this event.

FFWD to post Hurricane.  Looks as if we've been spared that ominous critical blow this time.  Reports back via FB indicate the winds did blow but no reports of the sort of vicious engagement Irma delivered last year, same time.

I suppose many of the club folks learned a lesson and heeded the Commodore's recommendations for pre-storm prep.  My Skipper was all over Nautica pre-storm and managed to pull about every sheet from the closet down below decks to lay over and snug her well.  I am very grateful for his attentiveness to details and his checks.  He has a growing fleet at the same location, an MC Scow he just snagged and a Beetle Cat as well, cute!  

Using Wind Alert APP on my iPhone, I was able to check on winds during the heavy period, they were forecasted to be 20 to 40 kts, a good bit of pressure but not necessarily a blow-out.  The day before and the day after they appeared to be normally about 10 kts.  Messaging me during the pre-storm, the Skipper shot a 30 second video showing the dock steady and ready.  From most reports, the club fared well overall and many folks prudently removed windage from their boats--a most critical problem in a heavy wind.