The boat rolled into the inverted position and hung there, stable, for 15 seconds or more (according to my shipmate). I think most of the water came in from the companionway
during that upside down time. That hatch
had a heavy Bomar
sliding metal/plastic cover and drop boards. I had one wooden drop board in place and was using a 1/4" plexiglass drop 'board' to keep most of the spray out of the cabin
before we rolled. All parts
of the companionway
closures were gone and water flooded in.
When we righted (I think another big wave snapped the mast
and she righted) we had about 1 m of water inside. The dogs
for the forward and centre hatches were gone and both those hatches (Bomar) were cracked and no longer secured. Water sloshed in as we sloshed about. Water came in, as well, through the heater chimney hole--chimney gone.
The Fleming wind vane
was dangling by one of three attachment points. Water may have found its way in from torn attachment points on the transom.
I think we may have kept her afloat by shutting all thru hulls. That did not occur to me. I was operating at partial consciousness for most of the time after being knocked out and then shivering so bad it was hard to concentrate. I should have closed those thru hulls. My shipmate did not know where they were and we did not discuss the matter. The sink in the bathroom, the sink in the galley
and two others used to discharge bilge
water became below water line as we rolled and settled.
was down, partially on deck
. It was a deck-stepped mast and it broke off about 3 feet from coach roof level. No water came in from there; the hard dodger
were gone; the steering pedestal
was broken off; wind vane
, too; my new radar
panel frame was still standing--well made in Buenos Aires!
Most floor access panels
were gone and that made managing down below very hazardous--I have to scars to prove it. **** was everywhere, as you can imagine.
Advice: make sure all aboard know where the thru hull
shut offs are. Do a run through on how to activate the emergency
beacon when you have time and good light. Don't get knocked out. More will probably come to me.