[alberg30] CCA Design Suitabilty for Cruising (very long wind ed)

Rick Leach RLeach at mbayaq.org
Wed Dec 8 10:14:55 PST 1999

From: Rick Leach <RLeach at mbayaq.org>


Thanks for sharing that post.  It has shown me a perspective that I would
never have developed given my experience and outlook.  I would not think of
disrespecting the writer, given his claim to have been sailing actively
since the year of my birth!  

However, from my personal experience, which I will admit is relatively
limited, many of the generalizations that he attributes to "CCA designs" do
not seem to apply to my A-30.  I've read some descriptions from one builder
that Carl Alberg worked for who said that he "would never compromise his
design principles", meaning that when they asked for more beam and more
waterline length, he would come back with a design that was never quite as
extreme as they had hoped for.  Carl seemed to have my priorities in mind
while at his drawing board designing a safe, comfortable, family
cruiser/racer.  Could it be that with the knowledge that he was designing a
"one-design class" vessel that he didn't need to exploit the CCA rule to the
point that the negative attributes mentioned in the post became dominant?  

Perhaps I am just so enamored with my beautiful, sturdy craft that his
warnings are falling on deaf ears.  When I "fell" for my A-30 I had no idea
what she was or who designed her.  I only knew that she was the incarnation
of what I had always envisioned "my boat" to be.  Enough, enough...I'm
probably only preaching to the choir anyway.  I hope others with more
experience will chime in to relate their point of view.  

Rick Leach

Sugar Magnolia, #121
> ----------
> From: 	Forhan, Thomas[SMTP:Thomas.Forhan at mail.house.gov]
> Reply To: 	alberg30 at onelist.com
> Sent: 	Wednesday, December 08, 1999 8:23 AM
> To: 	alberg30 at onelist.com
> Subject: 	[alberg30] CCA Design Suitabilty for Cruising (very long)
> From: "Forhan, Thomas" <Thomas.Forhan at mail.house.gov>
> 	No messages since Monday. Is the list down, or is everyone busy
> building their new bowsprits?
> 	For the sake of engendering further discussion, I'm copying a post
> with a not so positive appraisal of CCA designs for cruising and mentions
> the Alberg 30.  I know the writer, he is well reasoned and isn't trying to
> grind an axe: Here goes-
> 	"There was a couple of earlier discussions in the last few weeks on
> CCA types as cruisers. I had wanted to respond but my schedule has not let
> me. This is a very
> 	long post on the subject. Much of this answer can be viewed through
> a filter that considers where you (and I) live and how you (or I) use our
> boat. I think that CCA
> 	boats have their place in this world and if they appeal to you and
> fit your lifestyle go for it. By the same token, I really think that the
> boats have become far
> 	more venerable than they should be. I suspect that I am getting the
> reputation as the guy who hates CCA boats. To fairly answer address that,
> I
> should explain my
> 	view of things. I have sailed almost continuously since the summer
> 1962 or so and so I grew up with traditional and CCA boats and have sailed
> on them, on and off
> 	for most of my life. I am a still a student of traditional
> watercraft. I have worked for Charlie Wittholz who was a yacht designer
> during the era of the CCA and who
> 	worked at Alden during the years that Alberg was there. He also
	and blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, etc.,etc.

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