Repairs have commenced.

The last couple of weeks have been really exciting and very busy! Between work and boat work it has been a whirlwind of events, but very productive. We have been able to go through our list and start the process of repairing our boat! Here are a couple of before pictures to get the idea of what the heck we are dealing with.

Boating accidentboating accident Florida

diagram-of-accidentThe impact sustained was solely on our port side. As you can see in my diagram (The other boat was huge!)  😉 After the yacht made contact it pretty much just started to side swipe our boat all the way to the stern taking out any stanchions it came in contact with. Splitting wood on our toe rail and as the pressure became more prominent towards the stern it cause some minor cracks on our hull ( from the stanchions bending). A big ol mess.

*One good thing is our solar panel still works!

Stanchions

Boom boom boom boom bang bang bang bang

Ryan starts by removing he port side stanchions.These are the poles that create an enclosure on our boat. That was simple because the base plates stayed in place and we simply had to remove a pin to release the bent metal. The stanchion bases fasten through the interior of the hull with backing plates and there is one we will have to remove later and replace because the bolt which holds the stanchion to the base was sheared off.

Next he begins removing the wood around the port side cleat. Our cleat bolts down into the wood (toe rail) and through the hull.  Access to the other end is located right behind by our navigation station cubby hole .With the minimal space this is practically a one man job. I eagerly look on intrigued to see what is under each layer. Our biggest concern is having to take apart the boat to get to a difficult area. Thankfully this one could be reached easily!

Removing the cleatCleat

Proceeding forward>>>  to remove the rest of the toe rail. The first step is to remove the teak bungs in order to get to the screws which fasten the toe rail to the deck. Followed by drilling into the wood then screwing them out. Considering this boat was factory made in France none of this has been touched since it was born. So some things are really on there good like the toe rail.  Which has been sealed and surprisingly enough the splitting of the wood from the accident made parts of it easier to come off….with a couple of bangs it was all good.

Removing the wood and cleat Next in line is the Genoa track. This piece has 15 different mounting points and they are all bolted.  This one took a little time due to the amount of the bolts. The track, once out, we could see it had a good amount of corrosion on the sleeves.

Beneteau Genoa Track

Then it was a matter of simply pulling it out. Located right behind the cupboards of my galley. At first look we thought we would have to take the cabinets out. Thankfully it turns out we can access them pretty well through the cabinets, whew! Mess was minimal and my cabinets stayed in tact. Irie~ macho man

It really is a weird feeling taking apart the boat in such a way. Luckily most of the places Ryan needed to get to were an arms reach through a cabinet. Below is what the boat looks like currently. The holes from the bolts are covered with good ol’ duct tape.  Its doing a sweet job in keeping the water out when it rains and right now in Florida it rains every morning. It sure isn’t pretty…. but it works for now!

Plain deck

With everything removed that needs to be repaired now we go through our online order and the list of replacements parts and confirm with Beneteau Spare Parts. It was really nice to do it this way in case we need to add more items that we didn’t know we needed once the parts came out.  Every single person at Beneteau have been extremely helpful in this process. Any part they don’t have they know the right company to direct us to saving us a huge amount of time. All in all its nice to have this phase done and now we are ready to receive.

Now we wait for the parts to come in!!!!! 

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