Several months ago I posted a tread about my boat
being dropped (just a foot or so) when it was being lifted off a transport trailer
. Thank you all who offered advise.
lies 60 miles from Lake Michigan in Wisconsin (go packers). Both mine and the cranes insurance
companies are clueless as to what needed to be done. I contacted a boat yard in Milwaukee and together have worked the problem.
The 12 foot spreader bar crashed down on the toe rail and nearly smashed it flat.
One thru hull
landed on one of the trailer's support pads and has broken the sealant
Two cracks running forward from the keel hull
joint. (see attached photo
from Oday 39 hull
#53). My boat is hull #54.keel
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My cracks were nearly identical. They are now twice as long after the drop.
We suspect the shaft alignment must be checked.
Other than that, the boat came through this rather well.
Here's the plan.
The toe rail must be removed, cut, straightened, welded (the metal stretched when it was smashed) finished and re-anodized. No matching toe rail exists and the bolts were glassed in at the factory. Getting at and re-drilling to a new bolt pattern would exceed the value of the boat.
shaft re-aligned once the boat sees water
Bottom soda blasted to inspect for more cracks
The keel and shower
pan (above the crack)removed to visually inspect the crack. We know the crack extended forward. What we don't know is if the crack extended back towards the keel bolts
. If it did it surely will leak.
The boat is valued at about $50,000 that means the repair work
needs to be less than $25,000 to avoid scrapping the boat.
The repair work
is about $15,000
The boat yards says they will need a crane on site for 4 days to remove and reinstall the keel. That is about $36,000 at standard rate.
We are looking at two options:
Negotiating a better rate for the four days (possibly over a weekend)
Building a semi permanent structure to support the boat using the crane only to lift
it onto the supports.
My question.. has anyone every done such a thing and how should it be built?
Any comments or suggestions are always welcome.