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Comment by Scott Veirs on September 2, 2015 at 3:22pm

A wind-blown cottonwood tree came down in the University of Washington boat yard in Seattle last week.  It pancaked a Hobie 16 on a trailer and gave a glancing blow to our Tiki 21 Milagra's port hull.  This is the result.  Interestingly, the ply-glass sheared locally (presumably at the impact point) rather than at or closer to the watertight bulkhead.

Comment by paul anderson on September 2, 2015 at 3:24pm

can it be repaired?

Comment by Scott Veirs on September 2, 2015 at 3:28pm

Sure!  Making it seamless will be tricky, but I plan to scarf & stitch on new ply, strengthening joints inside with doublers.  My co-owner has pointed out we could use this as a chance to try increasing the skeg and/or rudder dimensions to improve upwind performance (a suggestion from Hanneke)... but I'll probably rebuild to the plans.

Comment by paul anderson on September 2, 2015 at 3:39pm

Good stuff,If it was me,I'd lead all the stringers and keel timber to a common strong point,like a pole secured into the ground. This way you would be able to torture the ply to the keel and stern.?

Comment by Scott Veirs on September 2, 2015 at 3:43pm

Good idea, Paul.  I'll do that.

Comment by paul anderson on September 2, 2015 at 4:05pm

Mirror the angle of the stern with the pole / /.

Comment by kim whitmyre on September 2, 2015 at 7:39pm

I heard it got hairy up your way....My wife's niece lives at the north end of the lake: haven't heard her stories yet!

Comment by Rogerio Martin on September 3, 2015 at 8:58am

The mother nature hold you in solid ground for a time. She had her reasons...

Comment by Pius Bielowski on September 5, 2015 at 3:42pm

My worst nightmare was always damage to our boat by a car crash during transport. But it seems that you don't even have to be on the road...

Never mind, compared to the whole build it is little work. Maybe at least the rudder is okay. All the best for the repair! 

Comment by friendshipsloop . on September 5, 2015 at 8:50pm

So sorry for your trouble!

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