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BTW, Val.. How ever did they rescue your boat? Lot's of cranes and a new cradle perhaps? ...and why were they moving it with the mast up??
They brought in a 35 tonne Travel Lift, removed the forestay, and put the slings under the cradle itself. The accident happened because some idiot forgot to put the retaining bar between the two "tines" of the trailer "fork", on which the cradle rides. They took a corner, and the variable speed of the trailer wheels caused the "tines" to spread, and "boom!".

No, really. The sound was "boom!" We thought we would crap ourselves. The cradle itself was brand-new, and yes, I am endorsing their product. The only damage was that the pad screws sheared underneath that dented plate. The dent itself was surveyed and essentially popped out of its own accord. No structural damage evident other than the cracked paint.

As for having the mast up, Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina is one of the few places where this is allowed over the winter here. We only went there because we bought this boat in summer 2006, and my club couldn't make room for it that winter. In the winter just finished, I sat at the end of a row with the other big boats, and with my mast in a rack. We launch at my club with slings beneath a square frame beneath a giant crane hook (100 tons or something), and there is no way to keep a mast up unless you have a Travel Lift launch.

If so, you launch into a deep slip, back the boat off the cradle, and then the Travel Lift raises the empty cradle back onto a tractor trailer for storage.
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Val, good to see that the idiots were thinking ahead. They left the fenders hanging over the side, just in case
Ha-ha. Seriously, that was me. I deployed them midwinter after an 85 knot gale knocked over a row of boats.




A big but much lighter cabin cruiser was screening me on one side, and if it had tipped, the exploded fenders would have kept it off my rails...
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Hey Val....have you noticed that 3 sailboats fell off their stands???
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Yes. The masts had already been pulled from the boats and laid out on the concrete. The first tipped over boat wasn't too bad, but the others....

The culprit was probably this crappy home-built cradle, I think, but staking down the cradle to spikes would have helped, also.



That whole winter, only one small bucket blew off my deck...probably because everything else was tied down!
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Hey he has a Gori prop...the man knows what is good....
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How hard is the maintenance of steel sailboats? How hard is it to keep interior rust under control? How about problems with rust in hard-to-see and reach places like under framing members?

Any owners, past owners of steel sailboats, tell us how hard you found the maintenance.
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What kind of steel boat are you considering? Professionally built or home built. If it's home built it will probably take more hours and money than you can imagine to keep it in Bristol condition. If professionally built, you need ot know how many steel boats does the yard build in a year and for what purpose are they built (working boats or yachts)? The knowledge, experience and reputation of the builder are critical. With a professionally built boat maintenance is still an effort, but it's more likely to be manageable.

See my post at Steel Hull Construction The entire thread is related to your question and there are probably others here at SailNet.

Send me a PM if you have specific questions. I've owned a steel boat for 8 years and have found the trade-offs of maintenance vs strength to be very acceptable. Below is a photo of what happens to a well made steel boat when you hit a big rock at six knots (the damage was only cosmetic). I think the impact of this rock strike on a fibreglass boat would have been much more tramatic to boat and crew.

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Must of had a little rust problum on the trailer.. Glad it turned out ok..
What does she weigh?
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