Down in Grenada
Ivan we had a lot of boats fall out of their jackstands and land on their sides. More than a few of the boats were total losses. Others required major repairs
often exceeding the value of the boat.
- - In a "dropped boat" situation what you should look for - besides exterior cracks or spider cracking patterns - is inside the boat. Open up and gain access to every transverse bulkhead and look at the "tabbing." Also along the cabin sole
(floor) for cracked or buckled tabbing. The FRG hull
will flex upon any collision
such as impacting a cradle
support. But the bulkheads, furniture and sole will be "pushed" by the flexing hull
and most often broken free or fractured where it joins with the hull.
- - I have seen boats with seemingly "fine" hull surface and then looked closely inside to see the whole inside of the vessel shifted inches away from where things should be located.
- - If I remember correctly there was a hurricane
damaged boat that was lost
because the bulkheads and other interior
supports were not repaired and re-attached to the hull. A sailboat is just not the hull, it is also the interior
supporting structure of bulkheads/stringers/thwarts and other items that keep the hull in the proper shape when underway. If these are damaged you are looking at major expensive repairs
and/or constructive loss of the vessel if it is insured.