I have just seen a sad sight in our haulout yard at Mana Cruising Club
. A cradle
with a 12m yacht has collapsed in 50 knot
winds and the yacht looks wrecked. I read in our local paper that estimates to repair it (I would not want to own it afterwards) are over $100,000. A launch sitting adjacent looks to have copped the mast
as it's bow rail is munched.
Lucky no one was working or living on it at the time. There are some liveaboards two boats away who have been working/living on the hard
for over three weeks. I bet they are wondering how safe they are now.
I dont know why it happened. We regularly get 50knot winds here. While my boat was out last year we had three storms go through.
Looking at the metal struts on the cradle
I can see a lot of rust at the join on the bottom of one so I can't help but think "poor maintenance".
Another quite flash cat (launch) was also damaged. That was caused through poorly placed timber supports. Looks to be a major repair too.