in a nutshell:
"Part of that preparation included a thorough inspection
of the vessel’s seaworthiness that resulted in a 13-page report giving the boat a clean bill of health
. The report said the boat’s hull
and superstructure were adequate for open water
after inspectors took moisture readings, soundings and made an inspection
Alf Meads said the report missed one very important detail. A wooden structural beam at the boat’s stern had rotted, weakening it.
A terrible noise
The seas were calm and the skies were clear at around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30 .......A short distance into the trip, about 2 miles offshore
of Talbot Island, .....“We just heard this terrible noise
,” he said. “A whole piece had broken off of that beam.”
Another beam gave way and the entire middle of the boat that connects the two pontoons of the catamaran
When the first beam snapped, Kelly Meads ran to the galley
to get the family
dog, Zaza, and to get a life vest. After the second beam broke, the door to the galley
shut tight, trapping her and Zaza inside.
With some punching and kicking, Alf Meads was able to free his wife and Zaza and boarded the recently purchased life boat his sons were readying.
It took about four minutes from when the first beam broke to when the boat was lost