Tuesday December 4, 2012
Yes, I have been saving that title for quite awhile now. (It’s in reference to a Jay-Z song) No, I did not want it to be used in a case like this. In my head it was to be used for something along the lines of It’s raining today and we won’t be able to lay out on this tropical beach we just arrived to. Not for I crashed my boat coming into an inlet and now this is going to cost us a lot of time and money. Let me see if there are any other ones that need to be scratched out before they bring impending doom to us or our boat. Hmmm.
Rock You Like A Hurricane. Gone. Under The Sea. Could have been used for snorkeling but now it’s too risky. Sunny With A Chance of Rainbows. Wait, no. That one needs to stay. Now don’t think I’m superstitious enough to believe that a pending blog title caused our little accident. That’s silly. No, it was the cat’s fault. Notice how this happened just after we got her? Pretty sure she’s bad luck. (Just kidding Georgie, mommy and daddy love you)
Now where was I? Ah yes, the ill-fated results of our haul out and survey. Things were looking hopeful this morning. We’d had four days to get over the initial shock of the accident happening and after being talked up by many many people we started to believe what they told us. It’s going to be fine. Boats are strong, people are usually the wink link. I’ve done much worse to my boat and the damage wasn’t that bad. It will probably just be a few small scratches. You’ll be back in the water before you know it. We wanted to believe all this. We needed to believe. So when we woke up first thing in the morning and there was not a cloud in the sky and it was already warm enough to ditch the jacket, our minds were in the ‘perfect day’ sort of frame. Sea Tow was ready to bring us over to a large slip and then the lift would pull us out of the water, we’d be washed down, and then set on blocks to have a proper survey done. Easy peasy.
Things were going along smoothly and we were still optimistic until the hull was completely out of the water and the keel was exposed. All along the seam was a long crack and on the fin were scrapes and scratches. I won’t pretend like I know all things boats or the make-up of them because I don’t, but even I could tell at this point that it wasn’t good. And the fact that Matt was off to the side shaking his head repeating ”This isn’t good, this isn’t good” just confirmed it for me. The bottom was given a quick wash and then we were brought over and set on some jack-stands set of to the side for us where a ladder was strapped on to get on and off the deck.
Taking a closer look at the outside we started to see other things wrong besides just the scrapes and cracks. The rudder, although it still had it’s full range of motion, was cracked at the top, scraped on the bottom, and overall looked to be crooked. The prop was not doing well either. Besides the fact that it had our genoa line wrapped around it so tight that it now almost looked like a permanent part of the boat and needed to be cut off with a very sharp knife, the strut was twisted and chipping away from the faring compound that was holding it to the hull. There were a few other things we could tell were wrong, but not knowing how to correctly put them in a paragraph I’ll just include them in a list in a minute instead. (Just remember when I write this that I may get a few things wrong. Luckily there is a person on this boat who actually and correctly does know all the issues, that person is just not me)
Getting to the inside of the boat with the surveyor we had emptied our garage (aft cabin) with all it’s contents out on the deck so all the parts of the engine and the stern would be accessible. More accurately I’m told, things like the motor mount and stern tube. Moving through the cabin we pulled out drawers to give access to the tabbing (the part that connects the bulkheads with the hull) and where the bolts are that would remove the keel. Lastly the bilge, mast step, and remaining fiberglass tabbing was checked. Throughout the survey we’d get sound effects like “Oh, that’s bad!”. Or that sound where you suck in your breath because you just saw something you’d rather not have seen. Then they were concluded with “Wow, you guys really took a pounding”. Did we tell you about how spaghetti we had sitting under the floor boards burst out of it’s package because we hit so hard? Yes, we really did take a pounding. But there was also good news to come out of our surveyor’s mouth as well. ”Wow, the damage should be a lot worse than it is. There are so many things on here that should be broken but look to be fine. You have a well built and sturdy boat. You’re very lucky.”
Lucky as we can be I guess. Had we just decided to turn around and follow another boat into the inlet or continue down the coast and skip St. Augustine we wouldn’t be in this mess at all, but hindsight is 20/20. So it looks like we will not in fact be out of here in a few hours or even a few days. Serendipity is going to require a lot of work. Enough, it looks like, to even get insurance involved because there is no way we can fix it with what’s in our pocket and still continue the trip. We contacted them today and hopefully and adjuster will be sent out soon because until then there will be no check cut to the boat yard and work can not start. And even if work does start right away we’re looking at a two to four week stay here.
As promised, here is a list of things to be fixed, taken right from Matt’s text to his mom, so you know it’s correct:
To be fixed by the yard:
- Transmission needs to be sent out and inspected
- Rudder bushings are gone
- Rudder shaft is bent
- Drive shaft is bent
- Strut is twisted
- Motor mounts are shot
- Lots of tabbing is broken
- Anchor was lost and will need to be replaced
- Dodger window was broken and will need to be replaced (and after all my hard work on it!)
- Microwave took a nasty spill and will need to be replaced (yes, we are from the Hot Pocket generation, leave us alone)
- Chalk on the starboard bow was broken
The line that’s causing all this trouble.
She’s up and out!
Starboard side hull and keel.
Port side hull and keel.
Chips on the rudder.
Cutting the genoa line off the prop.