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Old 24-10-2014, 09:28   #1
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This lady has circumnavigated twice. http://www.donnalange.com/

My question is can most sailboats take this kind of punishment? Or is it just the old full keel boats? This one is a Southern Cross 28.

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Old 24-10-2014, 09:32   #2
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She is also the world's oldest virgin.
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By punishment you mean laying on it's side in sand? I would think any boat could take that. All boats are put on jackstands, which put the entire weight of the boat on a very small area of the side.
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By punishment you mean laying on it's side in sand? I would think any boat could take that. All boats are put on jackstands, which put the entire weight of the boat on a very small area of the side.
I was wondering about a boat with maybe a bolt on deep draft fin keel being dragged and pushed back out to sea and also being rolled over to the other side by a wave like this boat.

I'm still trying to figure out what my next boat might be ........ something like a CAL 31 or Ericson 35 OR maybe a Pacific Seacraft Mariah 31 with a 1"- 3" thick hull.
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Old 24-10-2014, 09:43   #5
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Re: Strong Boats

One of the sailing magazines had a toughest boat competition several years ago, with readers contributing their stories on what their boats went through and survived.
Some were traditional full keelers but a couple weren't.
Anyone out there remember which magazine it was? I can't at the moment.
I do know I was pretty impressed with some of the abuse the boats took and still survived.
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...All boats are put on jackstands, which put the entire weight of the boat on a very small area of the side.
The boat's weight is taken on the keel, not the jackstands.
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Impressive recovery. Awesome attitude. A miracle that the rudder wasn't damaged even though it's partially supported by a skeg. The video says a lot regarding the advantages of having a stout boat for offshore cruising. Reminds me of the Monty Python skit with the black knight, "It's just a flesh wound."
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Most spade rudders would likely be damaged. A light built boat may have had other damage also. I think it was her lucky day...after her unlucky day!
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Post Hurricane Gonzalo probe again that strong boats are repair friendly and light constructed boats are destroyed or a tow crane risk to rip in pieces operation, i mean the yard lift out of the beach 2 privilege catamarans , they bounce in the rocks and end hig in the beach, one have a keel gone and no rudders at all, the rest of the hulls intact, the other one 2 minikeels gone and the rest intact, my 2 cents a Lagoon end broke in pieces in the same spot.
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Re: Strong Boats

There are a whole lot of different opinions on which is best, several think the old full keeled boats are the toughest and will withstand the most abuse, many are of the opinion that a modern production boat is tough enough, and any more is a waste of money and weight.
I'm in the old full keeled camp myself, but there are of course trade offs
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Glad to see that the Lady saved her boat. The young folks should be applauded.
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Yep. Sand and flat water help.

BTW kedging out with a mast winch seems very bad idea with a deck stepped mast. (Unless you pull thru super dup foot block). I'd rather use cockpit winches. Better pull out a winch than pull down the mast.

Plain vanilla paper boats take this too but not quite this much when swell running. I have seen images of a Bava that sat on a sandy bank where she got slammed somewhat. Not much was left when the tide returned.

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She was at extremely fortunate that:

The seas were not large.
She ran aground on a beach.
She had a very strong yacht.
The seas were favorable the next day.
The boat is small and relatively light.
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This has been posted many times. Fin/spade can take a beating.
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