Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea
I've known three people who have completely sheathed a large boat in glass but NOT with only 1/4" which is totally insufficient. The entire hull was sheathed on these boats with enough glass to create a structural shell. This method works very well and can essentially build a hull around a hull, fastening the new glass hull with bronze ring nails after the first couple of layers spaced closely. If they did indeed put a thin layer of glass over a failing structure, it indicates there were huge structural problems. Maybe the keel was worm-eaten/soft which would coincide with the mast step problem. It would also explain a quick, catastrophic splitting apart of the hull.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.