At the risk of it being called an urban legend, I know this person and this boat personally. So I am in fact reciting first hand - well ok, second hand knowledge cause I didn't see
the boat fall off the trailer, but did see the dent. My friend Kenneth built a boat (ken, if your out there say Hi!!) Anyways, Ken built a sweet 25 ft hard chinned steel hull
sailboat named Sea Mark. While trucking it to the water
Sea Mark fell off the trailer at 55 MPH. When she finally stopped the only thing wrong was a dent and a scratched up paint
job. She is a real tough gal and I'd take on a container with her anytime! well, hopefully that will not happen, but you get my drift. BTW - Ken, his wife Liz, and their son andrew, lived on the 25 footer for several years.
Go steel! says the girl with a fiberglass
I think striking a container is very likely nowadays. I had a near miss out in the Gulf of Mexico
a few years ago. The large container in the classic "pointy side up" position passed off my stbd about 50 yards. I took a pic and will try to find it. I have two friends that were sunk by containers within three months of each other. We believe the containers fell off the same ship (but different containers) around Belize
, then was carried by currents into the Gulf. One of the boats that sank was a older model Hunter
, she sank in only three or four minutes . The other boat was a newer Catalina
40 -42, she took about 8 hours to go down. It was a slower leak but behind a water
tank so he just couldn't get to it from the inside. I think the key for fiberglass
boats in dealing with containers is to have a good plan if holed. My boat, with its pesky liner, makes that task harder because of the limited access to the hull
from the inside. I will have a emergency
kit especially designed for going over the side to repair a hole. Lets hope I'll never have to use it.
Lots of debris out there, be careful.