So, this was the most exciting, or dangerous event to date in the Aerotec 380.
There I was, 4 men up, 9 miles into a sea voyage from ChristChurch Dorset to The Needles, Isle of Wight. Perfect conditions. Riding the waves, taking off 20 knots when it eventually got up on the plane after riding the waves for extra momentum.
I noticed the seam opposite me looked a little strange and that 25HP motor head looked a bit low in the water, in fact, dipping into the water. Then I saw it, the near seam, it had come apart from the top to the bottom of the boat but remained fastened at the base.
Fortunately, one of my crew, an ex RNLI guy as it happened, lashed the transom, using the Trem wheels as a support, to the hand hold on the Starboard side.
Lostwithiel, Cornwall is the recommended gluing shop, Banyard, so this is where my boat is now, at peak season
under repair, with lots of other Bombards, Zodiacs with the same problem.
Was disappointed that the boat, 2001, had come undone, not going beyond anything it was built for. The glue, it seems, had dried out! Dear dear dear.
Anyway, we landed on the Island, then limped home at 4.5 knots against the wind and with the motor spluttering each time it took off and landed from a big wave. I had to shout at it not to pack up to get us home and was constantly looking for landing sites near shore to be washed onto. 2 hours later back to ChristChurch harbour.
Motor has been checked over and serviced, chandlery says the motor in good condition, new plugs but working well, I think the plug got wet when it dipped in the sea.
It also made some awful grinding sounds when going slow in harbour, unsure why, unless it hit something which is unlikely, like gears grinding and stalled, but seems to be ok in the test tank. No one can explain this.
So thought I would share. You might just see the rope repair with the Needles in the background, anyway, all enjoyed it, it seems.
Waiting for the repair 3 weeks or so, about a week to go I think.
But there is nothing like the sea. I was very impressed with the lifejackets that got absolutely soaked with waves but didn't go off, as they shouldn't have.