New member says HI and Intro
My wife Ellie decided we needed an activity in which we could both participate as she neared retirement. Since she won’t get near my Harley, sailing was the solution. When the wind is up, we go fast and when the wind is gentle, she’s in seventh heaven. Late last summer we purchased Inamorata, a 1990 Capri 26, hull number 70, which has been converted to a cutter. Inamorata has an inboard diesel and wing keel. We live in St. Louis and sail out of Tradewinds Yacht Club on Carlyle Lake in Illinois. We own one of 4 Capri 26’s in the marina.
As newbies, in a very hot, drought stricken Midwest, we didn’t get a lot of sailing time on Inamorata last year, so I can’t tell you much about how she handles, but I can tell you about the boat. Like other new boat owners, we’ve been busy building shelves for additional storage and updating the alcohol stove to a ceramic electric range.
Shortly after her original purchase, an article by Rob Mazza, a sailboat designer in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, was published in the September 1991 issue of SAIL Magazine entitled “Converting to a Cutter Rig." Mike Curry, the boat’s original owner, had already been considering this conversion and decided to go forward with the project to provide increased sail plan flexibility.It took a little over a year to complete the engineering, hardware manufacture, Installation and addition of new sails.
Mike Curry, a Professional Engineer, worked closely with Consulting Naval Architect, Rob Mazza, of Mark Ellis Design, Ltd. and Ric Golding, an accredited Marine Surveyor located at West Access Marina in Carlyle, Illinois. Trips were made to Canada and to North Sails in Wisconsin by both Mike and Ric during the process. Ric Golding assisted with the design and fabrication of the components.
The conversion included the addition of a 3-foot hairpin bowsprit, bobstay, pulpit extension, jib forestay, staysail forestay and shrouds from the staysail mast connection to the deck. The original stem fitting was used for the baby stay for the staysail so that the anchor locker wouldn’t need modification. The baby stay was lowered down the mast from the masthead, parallel to the new head stay. Inspection ports were installed in the anchor locker, facilitating bolted connections and inspection. Additional glass was laid up for the bowsprit connection and for the bobstay lower fitting connection. The bowsprit (1” dia. sch. 40 SS) and pulpit extension were fabricated by Tops in Quality, and the standing rigging was fabricated by Offshore Spars.
The baby stay (for the staysail) is retractable, with a removable fitting at the tack, which can be secured at the foot of the mast when not in use.
We look forward to sailing this summer.