The previous owner of our boat didn’t admit to anything wrong with the boat. When we had the survey (think out-of-the-water inspection), we discovered major damage to the bottom of the keel. There was also a “smile” (if you look at the boat from the front, it appears to be ‘smiling’) at the front of the joint between the keel and the hull. Imagine hitting something hard with the keel – it would likely push the bottom of the keel backwards (aft) and try to open the front of the keel/hull joint. I’m not sure if the “smile” predates the hard grounding or not, but nonetheless, we decided to repair it.
I went to the boat yard this week thinking I’d educated myself adequately from the internet and the boat supply house (Fisheries) and was absolutely spanked. I mean that I was woefully underinformed; I don’t mean that the folks at the yard were mean to me. Just the opposite – all the yard personnel were very helpful, courteous, and professional. I was thrilled to have their advice. They would sidle up and look at my work; thankfully we were positioned as the first boat in the yard. They would say nothing. I’d ask them if it looked OK. They would nod and say nice things. Occasionally, Dave would have a furrowed brow. I ask him – tell me if I’m making a ‘rookie mistake’. Then he’d tell me what was on his mind. He had great advice.