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Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

Originally Posted by Harborless View Post
Im inclined to think that this boat being so long as well as old simply broke apart from serious wave actions. I read the boat was excellently maintained but its still 80a plus years old and i assume made of wood.
Mmmmm - seems to me that wooden boats last longer than you think. Auckland has regular regattas for vessel that are well over a century old and are still stronger than the average Beneteau. There was very little carbon fibre to be found back then.

This one is about 80 years old - built in 1934 - although this picture is probably less than a year old

Comment on the website:

One of the original J Class trio, Endeavour like fellow yachts Shamrock V and Velsheda, is in continual development. The 77 year-old yacht was relaunched on 10 October 2011 having just undergone a major 18-month refit at New Zealand yard Yachting Developments, which included work to the yacht’s interior, deck strengthening, a new winch package, a new mast and sails.

Hardly worth spending millions on a boat that has a short lifespan.

As far as news reports here in Auckland I don't believe that any reports have been received from the Nina but then maybe journos are keeping it quiet - why ruin a good story?

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