Originally Posted by ontherocks83
Thanks for sharing on the thread. Glad to know everyone was safe and well after it was over. If it were me there I probably would have evacuated my bowels before the dog did
. If you have anymore details, pictures, or points you left out of the article I am positive there are many here that would love to hear or see them
First, thank everyone for their feedback and kind words. One of the issues is that magazine articles is that they are of a limited length. So things like route
planning for the area, local weather
, preparations, past sailing experiences and even most of the sailing that happened on that passage
had to be left out because the focus was on the events
after the wave.
I definitely put a lot of faith into the notion that old boats(like Tritons) are over built and that in general stronger than the men
who sail them. As it turns out at least in my case the lay-up was not nearly as robust as the legend.
It was very much a stuff happens kind of event, if we were slightly slow or slightly faster we may have never even know that wave came through, and continued on to our destination
none the wiser that the potential for catastrophic failure was one wave away.
I do not believe the failure is really a issue of UV degradation on the fiber glass but one of structural design. Tritons (west coast ones anyway) have an outward facing flange that is through bolted and lightly glassed in. It is a design high in stress risers and old poly resins don't stick well to cured items (which I am sure the deck
and hull were before they were joined at the factory). We just got hit at the right angle by the right wave that opened her up.