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Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2007 9:31 PM
Subject: Around the Bay - sunken yacht cleaned up - evening -
Pilot Boat - it's a tough job
Hi there. Here are a few more bits
and pieces of the going's on here.
The sunken yacht has been taken out of the water
and stripped out of all the water logged furnishings and gear - and then given a
serious talking to with the high pressure washer - that they use here in the
yard to clean off the bottoms of all the boats.
The owners apparently surrendered the wreck to the
Maritime Services - who paid for it to be salvaged and now own it.
It's apparently going back on a mooring until it's sold to pay for the salvage
costs. There have been various versions of the sinking - but as best
I can make out - one of the inexperienced owners - not understanding the
workings of the skin fitting plumbing - apparently thought he was closing a sea
cock valve - when in fact it was merely a Y valve in the
system. This then allowed water to siphon back in -
through a fully open skin fitting. The fellow then left the
yacht and went to the Club for dinner and drinks - and the yacht sunk that
But as you can see - now that it's getting cleaned
up - it doesn't look too bad - and appears to have a nice shape and reasonably
seaworthy - with mast - sails - and all the necessary gear.
today - a large Pilot Boat - that works around the Port - came in for a quick
lift - out and straight back in. It had picked up some rope -
wrapped around one of it's props - and it was really only out of the water for a
few minutes - and then on it's way.
a few little jobs - like a broken tap valve in the water cooling system - that
required removing 5' of exhaust pipe and 3 hoses - to get off and
replace. The engine appears to be working just fine - the engine and
exhaust cooling systems - all seem to be functioning as intended - and the
gearbox seems AOK as well - as I kicked it into forward and reverse gears and it
engaged the drive turning the prop - correctly - which is all
reassuring.. Although we didn't go anywhere at all - as we are still
tied to the dock - and it was about half tide - and we were firmly settled a
couple of feet into the bottom. But all appears ready to go -
when the time does come for the big yacht to move under it's own power - in the
next few days??
just in case you were wondering . . . . . . .
- Penny has been hard at it too.
got nothin more to say.