Originally Posted by YachtForums
The destruction is not unlike any number of offshore raceboats that have stuffed a wave at high speed. A simple YouTube search reveals a number of spectacular go-fast blunders. While offshore race boats are traveling at a higher velocity, they also have a much narrower beam and significantly less weight. A 63' sportfish is heavy boat. It's not inclined to go over a wave, but rather go through a wave. Couple this with a wide beam and whole lot of flair in the bow... and something has to give when you impact a wave.
I'm wondering just how fast this boat was running and what kind of seas it could have encountered to stuff and result in that.
Had this been a custom build for an owner who insisted that it be lighter, thinner, faster then I would place the onus squarely on the customer because he spent the money to take the risk and the builder was simply there to do his bidding... any builder.
To my knowledge this was not a custom built boat for a specific ordering customer. It looks, from some shots of the construction, as though this was built like a 40' go-fast weighing 8 tons at most.
The interior shots still show intact bulkheads (such as the shots of the head) where I'd expect devastation if the entire fore was sheared in a bow stuff. There's no question this boat went down fast and landed hard. There is absolutely a mark on the bow below the waterline that could have been
caused by a buoy strike, but considering other marks on the boat, could have been caused
by any number of other impacts. I'm not willing to speculate as to that particular mark.
I will say again I am astounded by the lack of substance to what I would consider key areas of the hull where it remains. I could understand some of the delamination in a go-fast that had been pounded at triple digit speeds for a few seasons, but not in the side of a 100,000lb sportfisher that is (or should be) built with the expectation of a long life of hard use.
Apparently removing coring material to place switch and outlet boxes in a hull side? Apparently running wires through coring in a hull side? I am, frankly, astonished that this might be accepted industry practice.