Originally Posted by SG
Assuming the boat wasn't damaged before the bump stop you experienced in sand -- then if you don't think the Contessa can take that sort of event, then you should buy that boat. I wouldn't fret over it.
If you had run into the sand bar after your bought the boat, would you be so nervous? I hope not.
(I assuming this was nothing more than a simple temporary grounding. No grinding, the boat stayed pretty vertical, the rudder
wasn't affected, etc.)
This is what the OP actually said:
"....the boat hit something or the ground itself while the seller was at the helm
(lucky for me it wasn't me driving!) the boat lurched violently forward and came to a stop (I assume the seller immediately pulled the engine
into neutral).. It was violent enough for us to lose our balance on the deck
The boat hit "something," not necessarily sand.
It stopped "violently" not gradually sliding up on a gradually sloping sand bar or in mud.
The OP's wife is "freaking" about this incident.
The cost to haul and inspect is very minimal.
The OP should insist of having it hauled and inspected before the sale goes through, and if the seller is hesitant to pay for it, then he should just pay for it himself. If the seller refuses to allow him to have it inspected, even at his own expense, he should walk away. This is NOT a commentary on the ruggedness of the boat, it's to buy himself and his wife peace of mind.
If it turns out that there is damage that requires repair, then he should renegotiate the sale price
with the seller, or the seller should pay for the repairs before the sale is completed.
Yes, I've been aground in every boat I've owned, and more times than I care to recall
so it's not something I'd normally "freak out" over if it was a gentle stop. But when the word "violently" is associated to running aground, I'd want my boat hauled and inspected ASAP.
About 20 years ago, I had my luckiest encounter with a rock that still makes my heart beat a little fast but also makes me smile. I was in my Pilot 35, just getting underway, sailing out of Southwest Harbor at about 5 knots pinching up a little on starboard tack to (barely) stay on the correct side of the red buoy that marked the end of a shallow ledge that jutted out from a nearby island. Suddenly I became aware that out of the corner of my left eye I could see big jagged granite rocks underwater and simultaneous to that I heard what sounded like a jacket being unzipped. I immediately tacked to starboard away from the rocks and after my heart stopped pounding, had a nice sail. Later that fall, when I had my boat hauled, I noticed a line had been scored the whole length of the left side of my full keel
about a foot up from the bottom of it. The line was deep enough to penetrate the several layers of hard bottom paint
but not even all the way through the gel coat. Yes, I'd rather by lucky than good!!!
Lessons learned from that encounter were to not cut it so close to buoys marking hard things, when the water
is shallow and there are 10' plus tides, the location of the buoy can vary a fair amount depending on the tide state and current
, and that you might be on the correct side of a buoy but if you are sailing at a 45 degree angle the obstruction it marks and the tide is low, you might "find" that obstruction anyway.