Yea... We're gonna talk to them about it on Friday. A friend of mine thinks we should file an insurance claim but we also want to tread lightly. I mean I guess it is their fault as the boat had just been surveyed and didn't have any voids or anything that could have caused that spot to be weakened. I'm not sure what I could say that they did wrong other than that the boat should have had more than the four posts of the cradle. It was also very slightly listed to the effected Side which may have changed the center of gravity enough to force the damage. Otherwise the boat appears to be resting on its keel. We were also not present during haul out... And didn't know any better at the time.Did I miss what the yard has to say about the damage they caused and how they are going to repair it?
Did they?Did I miss what the yard has to say about the damage they caused and how they are going to repair it?
Maybe, maybe not.Once your boat gets back into it's natural element (water) the hull will relax and any indentation should correct itself.
Well, there is this about making repairs in a dry hull, with a good and even temp. GRP works are best done on the dry, in a controlled environment, where the GRP can harden fast - as it should. GRP hardening is very dependant on temp.If there is any repair work to be done I would do it once the boat is back in the water and had a chance to resume it's normal shape.
Well, after about 50+ years of sailing and 40 years of boat owning .... these things are rare, and should be rare. It is far from the norm. If it happens, one should repair.After over 10 years of owning a sailboat I have had this happen several times over the winter with our cradle. It has only been a minor annoyance, at best.
And why not un-step the mast while on it? As the new owner of the boat you should yourself inspect the mast and all parts of the rig.Next winter haul out be sure to remove both sails from the boat and try to be there when they do.
Yea it was, ever so slightly. We noticed it but didn't figure it was a problem...Civdis,
I would approach the yard as a new boat owner and simply ask them what they think happened here; then, ask them if they can add a separate jackstand or two to either side of this cradle pad so you and they can both inspect the hull. They should certainly be willing to do that for you, at the very least. You should be able to get a feel from them as you both inspect the vessel together whether or not they are going to volunteer any responsibility or contribute to the repair.
I know you weren't there when they put you in the cradle, but did you return shortly afterward and was the boat leaning when you did?
First step; looks good. Did the yard man offer any .. explanations?Update: Today we went down to the boat. The yard owner wasn't there but we showed the problem to the yard man and he helped us relieve the stress to that area with two additional jack stands. On Monday we're going to try to jack up enough to lower the cradle pad and tackle the repairs.http://i.imgur.com/08cBo1k.jpg
Isn't that what you would expect? First some clear liquid, followed by some not so clear liquid ... more rust particles.Also, we worked on the rudder. We drilled a couple holes and drained a lot of water. At first it was clear and I was relieved but then it got rustier... Here's a picture of what drained out: http://i.imgur.com/dEitlLO.jpg?2 It's like a quart of water and it was still slowly draining when we left. On Monday we're going to do some major work on the rudder, and our plan is to patch it up for now and possibly buy a new rudder for next year and really do a full overhaul on this one as a winter project.