A bit of a blowPosted: November 10, 2010
In the early hours of last Monday, 8th November, a combination of a strong South Easterly gale and a high tide exacerbated by the wind direction tested our skiff ‘Ulla’ quite severely. Whilst we snoozed our pride and joy was being tossed around on the rocks by the Wee Pier like driftwood. Daylight revealed that we now had a self draining hull – as long as she is beached.
After recovery and a hosing down we could see the extent of the damage
It looks quite nasty but we don’t think it is insurmountable, really just a few lengths of planking to replace and a new stem to laminate up. We are really impressed by the way the hull has retained structural integrity and the way our Gunwales have come through with flying colours.
Now we could hold an inquiry to establish just what chain of events caused this to happen and who should be castigated in the local press to ensure ‘it can never happen again’ but we would rather use our misfortune as an object lesson to others – principally take notice of the forecast, never believe the tide won’t reach that high – and grasp the opportunity to explore the challenge of repairing our boat to racing trim once again. Indeed we could think ourselves lucky that it happened at the end of the season giving us time to restore her before racing starts next year.
As the procedures we are going to have to execute are likely to need to be repeated by others at some stage we are fully documenting the repair process on its own page – Ulla’s Repair.