Anecdotes concerning Carl Alberg

Before selling my Ariel to get into the International One Design Class, my wife and I went for a sail with Carl Alberg on his Commander 302 in Marblehead Harbor, MA. We went to his house for drinks and then dinner at the Boston YC. Carl recounted how the Pearsons got a good start in building fiberglass boats with the aid of the Portuguese from the Cape Verde Islands. They had a terrible hurricane that damaged all of their homes so the men came to Bristol, RI and built boats to earn money to go back and rebuild their homes.

He pointed out that the Typhoon had to have its freeboard raised 2 inches so that he could make the cockpit self-bailing at the builders insistence and against his wishes. He thought that that made the boat less appealing aesthetically.

-- Milton Thrasher

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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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