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Re: Beneteau Keel bolts
I still don't understand what happened have created such a clean cut. After all, even if the plates sheered down through the laminate, you would have expected the adjacent laminate to be peeled apart. Similarly, if the keel sheered upward from through the laminate on the starboard side you would have expected the transverse frames to be crushed on that side which they don't appear to be.
It will be interesting to hear what is learned as the story develops.
Does anyone know if everyone on board was okay?
The keel hit a reef while under motor power. I don't think it is hard to understand why it failed. Occams razor = inadequate construction to sustain hitting a reef at 5kts. The fiberglass ripped cleanly away as it was not strong enough to sustain such an impact. Backing plates are woefully undersized - not much better than washers.
Other boats can wash ashore after a hurricane and keep their keel without the benefit of floatation. This simply looks bad for Beneteau, no easy way around it.
No one was injured, fortunately.
Last edited by Lazerbrains; 08-29-2018 at 12:14 PM.