Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea
I think you are just speculating and really don't understand wooden boats. The fact that she was over 80 years old probably means she was built out of better old growth timber and actually probably better construction than a new build.
I don't want to highjack the thread since anything could have happened. We could all speculate until the cows come home but I think suddenly breaking in two because she is long or old is probably one of the least likely scenarios.