Originally Posted by JulieMor
You can't see it but it's broken, tubing split in half. When asked about it, the broker said the boat was moved to a slip for the winter before Sandy hit. The bow pulpit was destroyed when it hit the seawall. If you follow the lines of the pulpit on the port side you can see it was deformed, pushed back, during the storm.
I'm guessing the blocks on the port side of the main traveller were blown out when the mast began whipping side-to-side during the storm. The duct tape covering the void was brittle and the wood underneath was rotted. There are some deep gouges on the hull, also from the storm.
Not to excuse the listing, the price, or the broker's lack of diligence, but Sandy was throwing up 30' waves on southern Lake Michigan. Many boats were still in their slips, awaiting the Oct. 30-31 mass haul for winter storage. The crane only operates a few days at a given storage yard, & all boats get pulled and splashed at the same time. So the listing was disingenuous, and that boat wasn't Bristol before Sandy, but those two days were pretty rough on boats still in their slips, awaiting haulout.
We purchased our Ballad, lying Burnham Harbor, a week before the storm, sight unseen. Had to sit anxiously, 1000 miles away, hoping everything was tied down properly. Even tho Burnham is well-sheltered, reflected waves tore off all the fenders and left the aft cleat hanging by one bolt. Might have taken some gel coat off the stem, too. Things were bouncing around pretty good.