The inspection…

With the aid of Jim, Crystal, and my wife, we hauled Wild Irish today. The boat has begun taking water in again, presumably around the keel bolts. I imagine that the trauma of Sunday loosened the bolt holes a bit. We’ll see if they re-swell and cease leaking before taking the boat out in mid-October.

Closer inspection showed that the hull damage was truly minimal. Just a few patches to do, and of course re-building the stern. The damage there was a slice completely through the stern, taking out my brand-new boat lettering back there.

The keel, as I suspected, lost some lead. We used hammers to fix some of the mushrooming, and smoothed out the damage where the lead got chewed away. The boat appears to be sound enough for the last race of the season on the 25th.

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