White Opal's Trailer

There is some interest in trailers for Alberg 30's and this is the single axle that I built to carry ours. There is room on the frame to set in a second axle and I think there is room on the bed to fit a AL 37. The main thing is stopping power and I have way more confidence when there are 8 big ones ahead in contact with the road, and 4 behind than when it is a suburban or a a light duty truck, even if it is a dually. This trailer pulls like a dream and will go anywhere. The axle is air ride. Height is 11.5 feet.

White Opal's trailer

Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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