I am a novice
. But it was explained to me. This way. The bronze fitting of the thru hull blew on the starboard side. As an investigation was started as the why this may have happened, (weather was balmy and seas quiet) they foung the chain plate was pulled from the hull...just slightly.. It was the mounting piece , where the chain plate was attached to near or at the "knee" elbow
??...Anyway my crew fixed the thru hull from the outside and stopped the water
...arriving in gallons. We sailed to keep this starboard repair above the water
line as best we could. If the wind
shifted, we motored ...trying to protect the repair.
We finally ran out of Deisel and had to call the coast guard for a rescue
of sorts. We brought more than double the amount of fuel
for a journey like this...assuming we would sail at least 1/2 the way. But with the injury, it was not enough. We worried about stress on the Main Mast
, with the chainplate problem. They rigged some extra supports for the mast
The coast guard intially declined our request, but as they realized we would be dead in the water...without the ability to sail or motor
, they came. MY HEROS!
Not sure if I helped you understand the problem. My technical expertise is not great. This was the 2nd thru hull which had blown and was fixed in route!
held for another 900 miles!
Every thru hull was searched and checked at the final disaster moments. the 3 men
could not find the water source. Engine
was swamped & Floor boards were almost starting to float as the final problem discovered. Remember it was noisy, dark and we were in an intense (unpredicted) storm for 8 hours plus.
My my first Atlantic voyage, it was really something! Lazy Jack was my gorgeous dream come true. I am soooo very sad! Susan