I posted this on my Newport
Sailboat owner's yahoo group, and someone there recommended that I post it here as well, as you would be able to be a great resource.
I had my Newport
28 trailered about 300 miles on Friday up to Lake Champlain.
When it arrived, the marina owner did a quick inspection
before putting it in the slings and pointed out two cracks which certainly were not there before.
One of them is at, or just above, the keel
attachment on the fore end, and wraps around both sides, about 5 inches each side.
The other is where the rear "dummy keel" (the fiberglass
section of the keel) is. It starts at the bottom up runs up about 16 inches.
There is now a slow leak coming from just in front of the fore-most keel
bolt. The epoxy
resin was chiseled from my bilge
by a previous owner, so it's quite deep. That being said, the leak rises about 1 inch per hour laterally, maybe 1/3" of an inch in height. I assume that ones this boat is under sail, the lever arm applied will open the crack even more, so the leak will become more serious.
The marina owner pointed out that the rear pad on the starboard side was not even contacting the boat (it was lowered about 3 inches, probably from vibrations along the way). This means all the weight must have been placed on the keel and the front pads.
During the drive the boat must have rocked back and forth and any loads placed on it in bumps or on hills would have been transferred to these points.
The driver is claiming it was "not roadworthy", and is not his responsibility, but has filed a claim with his insurance
- Progressive. He used his own trailer, and he is the one who loaded it.
1.) Has anyone been through a dispute like this?
2.) Does my boat insurance
get involved, or will progressive send their own assessor to inspect the damage?
3.) Any other advise or comments would be welcome!
This sucks. I spent the last 3 weeks stripping and sanding
the bottom, reinforcing with West Systems epoxy
, and applying 7 layers of interprotect and 4 of vc-17m. I was hoping to get it in the water
and sail. Thanks all.