To start with, he had difficulty getting into the boat because the compression on the starboard side of the hull caused the slides to jam in the companionway. Once he got that sorted out and got a look below he first saw a a pile of things that had been thrown from the port side cupboards, that opened when Saralane fell over, onto the starboard side by the foot of the stove. Then he realized the pile of things was sitting in water that had collected under the stove and inside the stove as well.
|Pile of stuff.... doesn't look too bad. Stove sure is at a funny angle.|
|Pile of stuff sitting in water that shouldn't be there.|
|Starboard side cupboards. The lower corners of the cushions were also soaking in water.|
|Skip's soggy clothes|
|My soggy clothes|
|This was after Skip drained the water. Yuk|
This was how it looked after he started to make some progress with the pump. That's all food and galley storage in the lower spaces below the clothing cupboards.
After a bit more progress you can see the water level dropping. You can also see the black residue left behind inside the clothes cupboards and on the wood on the settee. Still some water visible in the food storage area.
He was able to get all our soggy clothing to a laundromat and back on board which was a big plus.
The salon cushions were propped up on this surface and corners of several of them were in water too. Skip did his best to wash off the worst of the moldy water and let them dry in the sun while he worked below.
He’d also cleverly stowed the computer we use for navigation (and for watching movies) in a cupboard on the starboard side that he never even thought of putting it in before so we lost that too.
|Pile of things to discard keeps growing|
He made quite a bit of headway in the cleanup; this photo shows the same area with all the water drained and an initial cleanup done.
As for the exterior... the solar panels are still attached and still working. (Thank you Steve for helping attach them, very securely as it turns out, back in the Bahamas in 2011.) The stern rails are bent and twisted and since they support the steel framework for the bimini and solar panels, that whole structure has been affected.
|That giant mast belongs to the giant boat on our port side. You can see the broken outboard mount under the line on the far left.|
|Our neighbor's giant mast, as seen from our cockpit.|
|Top of our mast with bent and/or missing equipment|
He also cut away whatever rigging he could to make the eventual righting of the boat easier. It's a real mess with rigging and masts everywhere.
Conversation continues slowly with our insurance company and even more slowly with the yard. Again, in the absence of any real information, there are still lots of conflicting stories and rumors flying about the yard and management; it's still not a conversation in which I want to publicly participate. We'll do whatever we can to help out and to support their efforts, and hopefully, eventually we'll all make some progress.
Skip feels fairly confident that Saralane is still structurally sound, though it seems like a good idea to actually see her starboard side once she's righted before giving her the thumbs up. After seeing all the moldy interior shots we were trying to decide if she looked worse now or when we first bought her. I think she was much worse then!
I'm sure I'm leaving some things out, but that's probably enough for now. We still feel optimistic about getting Saralane righted, but it's too soon to know how and when that might happen. We also don't know what our insurance company will think about our optimism (!) but it's too early for that conversation too.
Skip is on a delivery to Antigua and is planning to head back to Saralane afterwards to have another look at things. (If you happen to be in English Harbour early next week, say hi to Skip.... he's on the Outbound 46 Wynot.) Whenever there's anything to report, I'll put up another post. Thanks for hanging in there with us!