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PCP 11-18-2010 01:26 PM

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?

Try this:

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.



Faster 11-18-2010 01:54 PM

Sailing or motoring?????:confused: :confused:

AE28 11-18-2010 02:01 PM

Wazza keel?
Does the boat go faster without one?

btrayfors 11-18-2010 02:14 PM


No, I don't believe it Paulo.

Somebody on the editorial staff of Yachting Monthly was either on PCP or playing a prank on their readers :-)


mgmhead 11-18-2010 02:14 PM

Wow... that's some rock they hit.

mgmhead 11-18-2010 02:15 PM

Was this by any chance the April 1 edition?

PCP 11-18-2010 02:16 PM

They struck the rock motoring. They have sailed out Falmouth to the Scilly Islands (that's on this leg they had hit the rock), got some disturbed seas at Lizard Point and then returned to Falmouth, motorsailing with a genoa and 12K of ap wind on the starboard quarter.

They don't mention if the second crew used their sails, but when you charter a sailboat it is supposed to sail the boat.

The third crew was sailing because they have broached when they were already delivering the boat on the return trip, near the base.



PCP 11-18-2010 02:17 PM


Originally Posted by mgmhead (Post 668049)
Was this by any chance the April 1 edition?

:D :D :D
December edition, I mean next December:D

Barquito 11-18-2010 02:25 PM

Hey, modern boats have so much of the beam carried aft, do they even need ballast? :D

Harborless 11-18-2010 03:58 PM

I do not see how this could be true. As soon as the keel detached and a moderate swell came from any angle besides direct to stern or aft the boat would have capsized immediately.

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