Originally Posted by dennisail
Hey. I love this boat and yours 44c. My boat is in Scarborough marina, right where this happened. Can you tell us more about the incident? Was it on a mooring? Anchor
? What would have prevented the incident? Did it hit rock or only mangrove forest?
Good job on getting the boat back together. Did you use moisture testers on the balsa panels
? How far did water
soak up into the core
I see the owner is ditching the electric
power. Is this because of cost or because outboards are just better after all? At which marina are you doing the work?
Sorry for so many questions but I am very interested in project. I wish you guys all the best with the rebuild.
School's Out was on it's mooring, just outside Scarborough harbour. Bryan, the owner was overseas at the time. The mooring lines, two of them, simply broke - I believe 20mm nylon. Wind
was apparently around 70kts, waves around 20 feet.
What might have prevented it was more accurate weather
forecasting. The afternoon before, somone had checked the boat with a view to moving it into the marina if it was in danger
, but the wind
was <30kts from the east, the boat was fine, and the wind was forecast
to go south east, which would have made the boat's position more protected.
Instead overnight the wind went north east, and intensified.
I don't know if there are rocks there, but with trees around 18 inches thick, it probably wouldn't make much difference.
Where the material wasn't pulverised, water really hasn't soaked in much at all. Maybe 10mm. We're not using moisture meters, we just cut the wet stuff away. It's easy to see where it's dry and hard.
The owner already ditched electric power years ago. He had a single
fitted. This motor
was removed (with a chainsaw) during the salvage
process. It had been at least semi-submerged for a fair while anyway, and was going to be replaced. So he's taking the opportunity to fit twin outboards now.
The boat is back in Bryan's shed, where it was built.
BTW, while we're working on School's Out, we're staying at Redcliffe marina, if you wanted to drop by.