WEDNESDAY — Towed around, and pulled up out of the water. That was enough for one day.
THURSDAY — Clean up, suss out
Cleaning happened a day later than we had expected. It was fascinating getting up-close and personal with the Lady, inspecting the damage we had only heard about. It was, of course, understated.
First off, may I just say how incredible to see the absolute myriad of creepy crawlies that not only live in the ocean, but had attached themselves to the side of our boat. And we had a really “clean” boat. Some boats, if left, pretty much have entire reefs attached to their bottoms!
This was merely a minor observation, which made my skin crawl whilst hastily scraping them from the hull, so Damon could accomplish more when he passed over with the power washer.
An inspection of the damage was a little grim, as you’ll see. The initial patch, was barely holding on. It consisted of two sheets of thin plywood bolted over “vinyl”, over a gaping hole – as in, no cement. The vinyl turned out to be an industrial mat with a vinyl bottom. The first sheet of plywood had been entirely consumed by the sea and its creatures, while the second sheet was literally hanging on by fibers as worms burrowed through. This meant that there was a likely possibility this patch could have come undone or off entirely during the tow over – her sinking fate unstoppable. A sobering thought.
In addition, there was a large “dent” in the keel that had been just packed with cement that we had no idea about, which leaves some rogue re-bar trailing and rusting, as well as a very small patch that would need additional reinforcement and bonding to have it properly attached.
The rudder is a technical mess that I cannot currently undo into layman’s terms right now as my loving technician is currently in much-deserved dream land. What I do know, is in the pics to follow, the base where the rudder attaches into was described as having a slight bend. The term “slight” was used loosely. We’ll also have to hire the lovely folks at the boat works to professionally assemble rudder back into its place. That’s not something we’d like to gamble on.