Since Jim Graham repeated his email
here I'll answer it here also, and thanks to Jim for the information. I'll also post this info in our blog.
We've received a lot of very good advice from many people who've read about our encounter with a speedboat. As a result we will be taking a careful look at the inside of the hull
and our bulkheads to ensure there is no hidden damage. I believe additional damage is unlikely because of the nature of the impact.
The speedboat hit us at half the speed he hit Eva, probably because of operator and boat damage. Our AB Aluminum RIB
was hanging on our port side with the tubes just below the cap rail, tied fore and aft. The speedboat hit the inflatable
first, flipping it sideways as seen in the first photo
we posted. I believe the deep vee bow of the inflatable
pushed the speed boat up and forward, impacting our cap rail and lifelines. The energy of the collision
was dissipated through our lifelines and stanchion and by the shredding of the plywood hull
as it chewed its way over our bulwarks. We really didn't have a classic T-bone with the bone jarring impact as reported by Eva. In fact, when the boat hit us we felt no boat movement at all.
of our inflatable revealed one small dent on the bottom near the tube/hull join, not worth repairing. The next time I have hypalon glue mixed I'll probably slap a patch over the slight abrasion in the hypalon.
Someone mentioned that since this is a mooring
field an anchor light isn't necessary. While that's true for legal
purposes we always light ours in the hopes that we will be seen. It's interesting that the gendarme investigating the accident
didn't ask either of us if we were lit, although I think I volunteered the info in my statement.
Our damage has been luckily minor, thankfully due to the nature of the impact and the construction of both boats.