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Sailing on without noticing they had lost the keel!!!
This is probably the most incredible story I have ever heard about sailing boats.
It turned out that a charter crew hit a rock and continue sailing without noticing they had lost the keel. You find it hard to believe?
After that, the boat was chartered by another crew that went sailing happily in a boat without keel (and ballast). They didn't noticed anything and delivered safely the boat. Only a thirdd crew, after a broach suspected that there was something wrong. The 37ft Jeanneau boat made around 150nm sailing without its keel and ballast without anybody (two crews) noticing that there was something wrong with the boat.
Can you believe this?
The story is on the December edition of YachtingMonthly.