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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Friday, April 5, 2019

Putting her away for a while...Alberg on the hard.

Don't say it can't be done.  It has to be done.  First Mate said so.  So here we go.

Nautica in her safe-depth-berth during the lake draw-down before the decision to put her on the hard.

The process is counter-intuitive.  Take everything off the boat, everything.  Remove this, then that, then that other thing, whoops and get that one too.  This mental process took me the best part of a month back in the states, going over everything on Nautica that wasn't glued down or sealed, or bolted down, like the diesel, but the mast yes, that comes down too. 

Detaching boom and lines

Made sense to put new Kiwi Grip on the deck

Lots of connections to remove, photographs will help in the re-rigging process

When all was said and done, only the diesel and a couple of toolboxes remained behind.  I kept getting startled texts on my Instagram about this grounding of the Berg, but I didn't have time to think about the process as I had limited time to get this done.  With the help of friends, I was able to haul out the 10k of hull #614 onto the herculean Triad trailer during a 3 hour adventure of ooops and ahhhs as we inched the old girl up the ramp, transferred from the extension to the trailer hookup and into the gin pole exercise.  Having at least one person who'd done this before with me, the others eyed the mast somewhat perilously dangling above held by the simple block above, wrapped around the spreaders.  Undoing all the rigging, forestay/furler, and removing the two main shoulder bolts holding the mast base in its tabernacle, she was down easily.

Tough to get these deep keels out and why we don't do it every
During the transition of re-attaching truck to trailer from hitch extension.

More work followed to arrange her in her parking space, creating a balanced seat with the trailer and its winches, we were able to nest her in the place she'll recognize as her own by the time I get back.  The following exercise was the wrap-up of and tagging of the rigging, coiling, taping, and transferring of everything loose to my garage, an hour away, in a dry space.  My pal of many years gave me two days of his time to do whatever I told him to do.  I was very grateful to have this linebacker's help in this momentous work.  

I had planned this event for a few weeks and by doing so was able to plan having her hull scraped in the water by another great guy, our West Marine Manager, who moonlights underwater cleaning hulls for his boat money.  Glad to contribute!  He did a terrific job.  Having it cleaned provides potential time for me to spend some time in the next few years taking the hull down and redoing it.  Not something I look forward to doing however.

While I worked against time, my flight was on Sunday the 31st of March, I brought all the inside gear home, stuffed bins and located them in my garage, then hung lines and wires so that I could still use the garage.  With a very high ceiling garage, I had plenty of room for the cushions, rigging, and extra gear.  It's amazing how much stuff we have aboard our boats!  

Chevy Suburban makes a good support vehicle.

Have not used this drifter yet but she looks pretty though a bit of wear at the grommets.  

Every piece is labeled and most to be replaced.

Back at the parking location I also covered the dorade vents with metal screens and duct tape to discourage the squirrels from taking up residence aboard Nautica.  I texted the former skipper for  comments on cover deployment to gain insights on how she faired being on the hard for 15 years in the winters of Nova Scotia.  The photos show the increase in the number of ties used to pull tight the cover.  The cover is a custom design and provides spaces for aft and fore rail.  The dog house provides sufficient height to form a runoff roof for the deck. It's a given, that if the squirrels want to get inside, they're gonna.  But they wont find much of comfort below in this rig.  It's all wood and fiberglass.  I'm sure there will be that exceptional rodent who'll find residence in the Alberg.

New wheels and tires, 80 pounds of pressure, mast below with furler alongside; nothing is perfect but this is home for now.
I read a lot about diesel prep but couldn't align much of it to a fresh water situation.  I did drain the fresh water out of the little beast, but I did not drain any diesel.  I did put fuel stabilizer in the tank previous to hauling her out, and did that when the engine had a chance to run for a while and circulate the stabilizer formula.  I suppose I will run some risks, but am not certain what they might be.  I removed both batteries and gifted my haul-out pal who needed just a couple more things in his already burgeoning garage storage facility.  I suppose I will see how sturdy this little Yanmar is after a few years.

Now that I've stashed my rigging and parked my boat, I have also retained a very valuable purchase.  This boat's got some great bones and a bit of time on the hard will extend her life even more.  It also gives me time for several upgrades I plan to set in place.  That's one of the great things about suspending her "in the water" time.  She needs new cushion coverings in the v-berth and salon.  And she needs a new dodger.  Looking forward I see getting her a modern roller furler to replace the 1990s version she's got now and stays need to be redone as well.  Time on the hard is time for working behind the scenes for some future sailing and time aboard.  This will be part of her renovation and her journey.

All the kit and caboodle is in the garage waiting till next time.


  1. high and dry? this time off year? This is when you are supposed to launch the boat. Hope she sees the water again soon. Take care.

  2. I think you have selected a reasonable course of action all be a hard one. Hopefully a little time and you will be back out on the blue with her.