Monday, June 27, 2011


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It seems I have become a two-boat owner again. While searching Craigslist the other day for boats for sale in this area an unbelievably 'cheap' boat showed up. Worse still, it was a make and model I have lusted after for a couple of years, an Albin Ballad. She's a 29' 11" cruiser/racer with fin keel and skeg-hung rudder with, in my eyes, drop-dead beautiful lines.

After initial inquiries, it turned out the boat had belonged to a sailor who had passed away a couple of years ago, and the boat had sat in the woods for five years. Yikes!! Before that she had been raced successfully in Vancouver, and had also made a return trip to Hawaii.

Still, I had to see her or I wouldn't sleep at night for wondering if she really was a real bargain. Arrangements were made to view, and we drove up to Nanaimo, caught the ferry across to Gabriola Island, and followed the directions that we'd been given.

Lo and behold, there she was parked on a muddy track, listing a bit to Starboard, covered with dead leaves and branches, and supported by many props, some looking pretty rotten.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The "BLACK FLY" Dinghy 8: Sailing Rig Details.

The Black Fly and my Eastport Pram share the same mast, boom, and sail. Originally for the Eastport Pram, the rig is a copy of the popular Sabot rig, which I much prefer to CLC's standing-lug design.

The Mast: is made from 1 1/2" 065 aluminum tubing. I cut mine in half to allow it to be stored in the forward cabin of the Vega. It's joined with a 12" piece of 1" aluminum pipe (1.3" OD, 0.125 wall thickness). The pipe is a loose fit in the mast tube, so a few wraps of electricl tape were used to fatten up the pipe to a nice friction fit. There is also a 36" length of tube, same size as the boom tube, inserted into the base of the mast to stiffen the lower section .... with more good old electrical tape!

The Boom: is made from 1 1/4" 065 aluminum tubing, with a laminated plywood jaw on the end that fits around the mast.