I was in the bunkbed cabin and reached down to feel for a better place to run the hose and cut my finger. I couldn't see that area so I used the camera and captured the images below. My heart sank when I saw them. This is some nasty damage. I immediately thought the boat had been run aground at some point in her life. I was proven correct. I also thought this was going to be expensive and again, I was correct.
This first photo is the bulkhead in the bunkroom. The camera is facing aft. This is way under the floor.
This photo is facing forward and is under the seat on the starboard side.
This is old damage. The previous owner Steve denies running aground so it happened in the Caribbean in 1992 or 1993 at the latest. Steve's survey missed this as did mine.
Fast forward a summer of misery and some sailing to March 10th. David and I ripped out the battery box and got the boat ready for repairs. Mast pulled on the 13th.
This is the battery box under the settee area with the mast seen to the left.
David helping me remove the battery box. What a pain that was. Epoxied and screwed in.
Doesn't look too sane now!!
Battery box had major damage to it also. A leak developed at some point and rotted out the bottom.
So once we pulled the mast, the keel bolts started to leak. Not good. Not good at all. David and I took Appa to Canal Boat Yard the next day and we decided to pull the keel.
You can see the gap in the forward edge of the keel area. This is before the keel bolts were loosed.
Ethan the Magic Fiberglass man
|This is the mast step area with 4 keel bolts showing daylight. The bulkhead is at the top. That area is all rotted.|
|Second keel grid area aft.|
|Second forward most keel bolt from the outside. See the cracking? It is also bulging downward. Classic signs of a grounding. A bad grounding.|
|Scraping the keel right after it popped off.|
|Stray boatyard animals!|
|The start of a two month and counting boat yard stay! At $64 a day|
|Just prior to removal. Heated bow saw blade helped cut through the old sealant|
|Forward keel grid area. Bulkhead is to the left and just forward of the mast.|
|Keel bolts still on and tight. Weight of boat still on this area also. Not such a great fit eh?|
|Keel bolts coming off in prep for the drop!|
|The last one.|
|Cracked area.prior to going on the hard.|
|Same area with the boat on the hard. Closes up pretty nicely.|
|Long lever to get the bolts off.|