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Alberg 30 Association Seminars


Each February, The Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association holds a series of four seminars, one on each Saturday in February. There's a seminar on racing, one on cruising, another on maintenance and a final catch-all category called "potpourri" These seminars, in addition to discussing the upcoming racing and cruising schedules, are a great vehicle for sharing information on all aspects of boat ownership.

Who could forget Karl Gerhard's lesson on spinnaker handling. With a plywood "boat", a large fan and a real miniature spinnaker, he taught the basics of using this sail to novice racers and cruisers who didn't know what to do with this sail that came with their boat. I think some of the experienced racers learned a trick or two, too.

In the above picture, Ward Rosenberry is giving an entertaining and informative talk on cruising up to Maine. As you can see, there was a big audience for this mix of practical advice and hilarious anecdotes.

The biggest audiences always seem to be for the maintenance seminar. It's not unusual for people to drive long distances, say from Boston, to learn more about the care and feeding of their boats. There are some real experts in the association, and they're more than willing to share their wisdom. As this seminar generally concentrates on things that can go wrong, it can be pretty scary. People have come away thinking that their boat might sink at any minute. Fortunately, that's not the case (if you've kept up with a few basic items), and these boats are very sturdy and reliable.

You'll find some pictures, and associated information, from various Maintenance Seminars in the maintenance section.

There's one other aspect of these seminars. The association's annual dinner is in January and the sailing schedule doesn't start until late April. The seminars provide an excuse to get together and spend time with old friends (and meet a few new ones) in the Winter doldrums. Consequently, there's always an "aftergathering," generally at someone's home, for less focused discussion over food and drink.


This Old Boat book cover This Old Boat by Don Casey

Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical, plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced. This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too. I still refer to it.

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