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Re: Australia One's sinking "What happened here"?
This is from memory, but my recollection is that there was an investigation into what caused the failure. My recollection was that this boat had previously been damaged and repaired near this area. Also major hardware had been relocated in way that increased the loads near the repairs. The repairs and hardware relocations had not been discussed with the design team who were not expecting that much load in this area. With the compromised strength from the repair in this area and the higher loads from the relocated hardware, the hull failed at the edge of the repair. Adding to this, Aus 31 was optimized for the comparatively light to moderate wind and long swell conditions that are typical of San Diego. My recollection was that it had been the conditions were pretty high winds, and a choppy day which only added to the problem.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay