After we hit I checked all chain plates, clevis pins etc. I took the binox to the mast, checked tangs, rigging
and such as best as I could. I also closely inspected the aft heel of our mast and sighted up the mast port, starboard, aft, fwd. Everything looks fine! I see no stress at base of mast, the mast is not twisted or torqued. I want to go aloft to look more closely at the upper fittings.
RD was at the helm
along with a friend we picked up in Nassau. I was actually down below lounging on the settee, so was slacking on my duties.
What it felt like down in the main salon
: a big spongy stop. No loud bang, some "zinging" sound like metal rubbing the rigging
. In my mind, trying to figure out what could possibly make the boat behave this way, I thought of a boat hitting a pier with their bobstay...but we don't have a bobstay! Crazy. To be honest, I think I would of done the same thing, how the entrance to the marina lines up the fuel dock so close, dodger
and rain fly covers up all overhead views. Bridge just didn't register in my mind either.
What I think happened: we hit bridge with forestay about 2 plus feet below our masthead, then slid to starboard and rubbed our upper port shroud
. I can see a scratch or dark line on the mast but won't be sure it's from the collision
till I get up there. We were going under 2 knots, more like 1.6 knots and had a wicked current
( thankfully we were going against the current!!)
All we could say afterwards was how lucky we are to have such a strong, overbuilt, vessel to absorb our mistakes
We are in Bimini
now and I will go aloft tomorrow to check up top before we cross the Gulf Stream
over to Florida
. I'll take picks of anything suspicious.
I think from now on, when there is a bridge in the area, I will roll up the rain fly to give us overhead visibility
Pic is of west side of bridge, we hit the east side. Fuel dock has red canvas