Got a call this moring from my Aunt telling me that "Aurora" our Herreshoff 15 was not on her mooring
. My heart sank ! I called my brother John "Loith" to see if he had taken her for a sail - No, he was still in Boston - again my heart sank.
Apparently during the storm last night she broke her mooring
and was spotted at 9pm going out of Narragansett bay in RI. I arranged a Mo boat with a friend, called the coast guard and started our search. My fear was that she had gone up on the rocks - there is nothing but rocks here - and been beat up during the night.
We found her in about 45 minutes on the rocky west shore of Jamestown. She was listing about 30-40 degrees to starboard. Juli and I got in the water
and swam to her, I couldn't believe it, she was lodged between two large rocks by her keel
, no hull
breach and no apparent damage. We used her main halyard
to pull her over further and pulled with the motor
boat and she slid back off the rocks into clear water
. I can't believe our luck here, there is not a scratch on her. We found her at high tide which was the only time we would be able to get her off. She is now back on a friends mooring and tomorrow we will dive on our mooring to figure out how she broke loose. First sign is that a new shackle we just put on 3 weeks ago failed. We have had this boat on this mooring for 24 years and never has this happened.
I don't know who to thank but thank God she's OK.
I don't want to wake up again like this! EVER !
Found our problem: Stainless shackle and stainless chain
Know the solution: Never buy stainless shackles or chain again !
I never thought that changing from standard galvanized chain to stainless would be such a bad decision. We have always been very careful with our mooring. My brother dives on it all the time to check everything. Look at the photo
This is a shackle which was 3 weeks old !! Our boat only weighs 2,000 lbs and this shackle had no wear marks, it just snapped an let go !
Now for our chain - the 1/2" long link chain is one year old. Has been on the bottom for this entire time. Normal galvanized chain lasts 3-4 years.
Look at the links where they were welded, the stuff just ate itself.
Yes this was in Salt Water
. An yes we also have a long penant to reduce the shock load. I just shot this chain with an alloy analyzer ( it's what I do for a business - I make them ) and the chain is 304SS the shackle is 316SS and the welds were done with 321SS. The mooring is a large cast iron train wheel
ACCO chain from now on ! HT 1/2" on the bottom with HT 3/8 to the surface. ALL GALVANIZED !!