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  1. Peter Gustafsson
    Sep 11, 2007 @ 21:00

    Nu har haverirapporten kommit:

    Report on the investigation of the keel failure, capsize, and loss of one crew member from the Max Fun 35 yacht Hooligan V 10 miles south of Prawle Point on 3 February 2007

    It is a textbook example of major anf minor screw up’s leading to death.

    The designer underspecced the keel (compared to mandatory standards)

    The Builder selected a subcontractor, who has never produced one single keel before

    The keel subcontractor changed the design – unclear how well it was cleared with the designer and builder – the “as built” design relied solely on a critical weld to keep the keel attached – this was the weld that failed on Hooligan V and another boat that has only sailed 400 miles in protected waters. The keel manufacturer didn’t make any calculations on the re-design according to standards – in fact he was not even aware of the existence of the standards. Looking at the drawings, the “as built” design is horribly wrong

    It was a welded design and NONE of the people working at the keel subcontractor are certified welders

    No post weld treatment was used to maximize strength

    The keel was not watertight and filled up with water, which corroded through the galvanization and started to corrode the steel plate

    The owner, after verbal OK from the designer, had weight added to the bulb – this might have added to the calamity allthough an identical boat with a standard keel failed the exact same way without having been raced hard.

    The Yard carrying out maintanance failed to recognize an initial problem with the weld

    Good seamanship and reaction from the crew limited the fatalities to one person

    It is pretty scary to read the report and realize just how many fuck-ups happened in the chain.

    Reading the report is a a good insight into just how many things can go wrong – and how they can compound into a tragedy

    Should be mandatory reading for anyone (designers, builders, subcontractors, owners, yards, boat managers, skippers, etc.) who are in the chain of responsibility for the safety of crew and vessels.


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