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01-16-2011 10:24 PM
Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
...I don't know what else could have been done differently in this case as everything was done by the book by a very knowledgeable yard. The only difference between this boat and all the other mast up boats is that this one faced beam to the prevailing winter winds and the others faced bow or stern to..
FYI, the boat that I showed fell down toward the north, i.e., was apparently blown over by a southerly gust. That seems an unusual direction, but the river is to the south, which could have provided an unobstructed fetch.

My boat happens to be pointed toward the south, with pretty high trees to not far to the west. As a result I got a lot of leaves on the boat before I covered it, but the trees probably do a good job of knocking down the westerly winds.
01-16-2011 09:43 PM
TerralTheSeeker That just bites. I don't know about other people, but to me a boat evokes the same kind of emotions as, well, PEOPLE - when I see one neglected, hurt, or abused, I feel sad about it.

Sailboats are people, too.
01-16-2011 07:08 PM
chrisncate It always made/makes me nervous to be in a boat on the hard...

This thread does not help me in my fear... scary stuff.

What is the correct method to make sure you never fall over (I'm looking for consensus here)?
01-16-2011 06:53 PM
JimMcGee I noticed the cinder blocks under the keel were stacked three high, so she was really up in the air. That couldn't have helped.

I saw this as I was heading down to check on my boat today. I was feeling pretty good that my yard did it right -- then I saw MaineSail's post...
01-16-2011 09:28 AM
danielgoldberg On the bright side, perhaps there's an insurance company out there that now will complete the refit. Lemons into lemonade!
01-16-2011 08:57 AM
T37Chef Unbelievable.

The last pic with the sea ray is an accident waiting to happen, 4 jack stands??? Concrete blocks??? WTF
01-15-2011 11:12 PM
TakeFive I was back down at my boat today and I had a better camera and a little better light. So I wandered back to that other boat yard to get a closer look at the boat that fell over. I have some much better pictures, and a better idea of what happened.

The boat was definitely up on concrete cinderblocks - bad idea. You can see evidence that the mast got pushed to starboard, and the blocks fell to port due to torque on the mast. It makes me really glad I dropped the mast on my boat. I did it because I wanted to do some upgrades on the masthead over the winter, but I think I'll drop it every year now that I've built a gin pole.

And contrary to what I said before, you can see unpainted spots where the pads had been - and the new grey paint in the edges of the pads. So it's possible this guy had not moved the stands.

FYI, the registration sticker on the boat expired March 2010, so this would appear to be a restoration job.

I had previously suggested that the stands were extended up too far. You can see by the position of the cam screw that this is not the case here.

Since I had more time to look around, I checked out some of the neighboring boats and saw lots of examples of poor practices - concrete blocks under the keels, stands too small for the height, and insufficient number of stands. I am SO GLAD that I decided to go elsewhere to store my boat:

01-12-2011 04:41 PM
carl762 Makes me sick too.

I'm glad I'm keeping mine in the water, however, we could have another Flood of 96. Almost lost the lot of the marinas that year.

But, my current worry is snow accumulation.
01-12-2011 03:41 PM
captbillc makes me happy i keep my nimble 30 on the trailer at home during the winter. the mast stays at the marina.
01-12-2011 03:16 PM
primerate84 Wow, all of the pictures and discussion just turns my stomach. It's sad to see any boat damaged like these.
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