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post #6 of Old 08-07-2001
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A good safe boat ?

The owner of the Colgate 26 in question called us after the boat was hit by a 40'' Tiara yacht going full tilt to thank us for "truth in advertising" in that the boat is "virtually unsinkable". After the yacht backed off, the C26 rose to the surface and was towed back to Jabins. Most other boats would have sunk. As for the stucture, the layup is heavier than most modern boats. I specified this with Jim Taylor the naval architect we worked with. The hull to deck joint is not only bonded, but bolted with stainless bolts every 6". There are other boats on the market that are only bonded. It is unfair to look at a boat that has suffered such a catastrophic event for layup quality. Whenever fiberglass is shattered like that, it splinters and looks thinner and the resin crystalizes, so it looks like it doesn''t have enough resin. This is a tough boat that has taken 365 days of learn to sail abuse for four years now in our school - even in the heavy winds of Tortola -with practically no major damage.

When I received initial reports about the boat in Jabin''s yard, Annapolis, people thought it had been dropped off a forklift. If people thought that dropping it could cause that damage, when it was actually a large powerboat at full speed, it attests to the strength of this boat compared to others they have experienced.

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