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Bumped a rock last night

Hey everyone. It's been a great season sailing our new to us 78 Catalina 27. Last night we were going out and got to close to the channel marker on a low moon tide and bumped one of the rip rap rocks around the marker. We didn't hit it very hard and were only doing about 2-3 kt when it happened. We sailed to some shallows and I did a blind inspection of the keel and it doesn't appear any damage was done. I couldn't feel any cracks at the keel line nor could a feel a dent or chip on the keel. I was thinking of having her short hauled so I can have a better look. Opinions??
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If you're not leaking, that's a good sign. But your idea for a short haul is a good one. Another option is to go over the side yourself with a mask or to hire a diver.
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Get yourself a diving mask and dive on your boat during the day. If it looks bad have her hauled if not u save couple hundres bucks.
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Any time you hit a rock, you should probably haul to take a look. If it were a soft grounding in mud...then I wouldn't bother...but rocks are different.
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Yep, that's what I was thinking. It was just one of those weird things, we weren't even that close. Thanks for the input.
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...and bumped one of the rip rap rocks around the marker. We didn't hit it very hard and were only doing about 2-3 kt when it happened.
GC, you may have dented the keel (if lead). I once pressed the memory of a Maine rock ledge into my own at about 2-knots. If so, it will need to be faired with epoxy during a haul, or on the hardstand. Not a difficult fix.
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Did you lift the floorboard and check the stringers to ensure that they did not separate or delaminate? You might also haul the boat and have a surveyor check for damage.
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Just my two cents: The boat was made in 1978, if it isn't leaking and doesn't show any damage under your inspection...(especially if you can find the impact zone), just let it be until your next planned haul out.
Chances are you aren't the fastest boat on the water and you bought her for sailing not for worrying about. Go sailing, enjoy the boat and do the cosmetic work in the off season.
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eminently sensible Navy! I concur.
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