Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
The thought that steel
is bullet proof is misleading. Bernard Moitessier lost
his boat to a storm in Cabo San Lucus because he was unable to get it off a beach.
For the record
, the Joshua wasn't really lost
. It was driven up on the beach and was dented a bit. Bernard was so pissed off at himself that he gave the boat to a couple of Mexicans. They shoveled out the sand, did some "panel beating" with sledges to minimize the dents and then pushed her back into the water
with a bulldozer and sailed her away. We encountered them a few years later in the La Paz
area, and Joshua, never a beauty, was looking a bit tatty, but she was still sailing and being enjoyed.
So, in this case steel
fared better than many of the glass boats that joined Joshua on the beach. However, an Olsen 40 (ULDB racer) also survived and was refloated.
And for the OP: Tasmania is lovely and one of our all time favorite cruising grounds, but Tassie, along with the rest of Oz, ain't cheap