How can this happen… hight and dry on land ?
Returning yesterday to Breskell in my Greenland’s boatyard, after a 3 long days trip, I was up for a nasty surprise…
The hatch of my boat was wide open !
First, I thought I was robbed.
A quick survey showed it was not the case. Nothing missing inside. Some poor fellows needed a shelter during some cold and long polar nights. They found one in my boat. Why not? These tramps had taste. Their choice of my boat a proof of that!
In the great outdoors, when you badly need a shelter, curtsey dictates that you leave the place in perfect order, in case another fellow needed also protection against the elements.
No luck here.
These degenerated drifters left a mess inside. And worse, they let the hatch, the boat door, open to the elements. Rain, snow and ice are dominant features in Greenland winter weather. I got them all; and all inside! More than one hundred gallons of water. Water raised to my floor boards. At sea, a damned serious situation. At least, that is expected with water rushing inside the boat. But, dry on land and well commissioned for a long arctic winter, sinking my boat was an unexpected discovery!
Still, one hundred gallons for a whole winter is not so much knowing the intensity of some Greenland winter storms. It could have been much worse except for an old trick well known by traditional sailors on wooden boats. When we leave our boat on land for a long time, we drill a hole in some lower part of the hull. Yes, we voluntarily drill ourself a hole in our hull… Think about that you plastic boat owners!
Just for when some water finds its way inside. Without this simple trick, my whole North West Passage would have been compromised. A simple little hole in the hull to avoid water damages later. But on land only. And don’t forget to patch it with epoxy before launching the boat again. Sinking a boat in the water is always a possibility. But sinking a boat hight and dry in a boatyard…..
Two days of works and Breskell is now cleaned up and ready for her final preparations before launching…
More to follow.