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    Default Poor Vega

    Just got the sad news of Vega falling over when being hauled out, to add insult to injury, when she was being righted, the crane driver got a bit carried away and tipped her over the other way.
    Been following their exploits on fb for some time now after reading the book Vega Adventures (well worth reading for any WB fan), they've been doing some great charity work on an old Baltic Trader
    The boat is their home and life, run almost entirely on charitable donations

    https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Ve...5068434229063/


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    better days

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Oh bugger.

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    Wow, tough crowd on here, I thought this might at least raise an eyebrow or two..

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    Eyebrows raised, artif; just awaiting a follow-up post (hopefully with more pictures) describing the extent of damage and how repairs will be effected.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Ouch, that could be painful. It looks like she actually fell off the cradle. I wonder if the blocks went though her bottom as she went over? I wonder how badly she filled with water? Probably not good.

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    Undoubtedly the yard will be paying for all the repairs.

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    News on their facebook page indicated she held up well. further survey will be revealing.
    There's the plan, then there's what actually happens.

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    I hope the yard gets the bill, but I know whenever I haul they make me sign away all rights and claim that they might just break my boat in half and I have to be okay with that. Some yards refuse to haul wooden boats entirely, not that wood was at fault here.

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    Before I bought her, Granuaile was dropped on her bow when a travel lift strap slipped. I would have viewed rigging the straps with no horizontal connection and with the bow strap too far forward as culpable negligence. Anyway, I was glad to know of it and of the realization that a bit of crushed wood in the stem could turn into rot. Which it did. At least I knew what was coming.

    Point is, there's direct and contrecoup type damage on both sides of the hull. Even if nothing is obviously splintered, I would sure inspect fastenings, especially around the floors.

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    She is leaking just under the turn of the bilge so I'd be expecting broken fasteners and maybe frames as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    I hope the yard gets the bill, but I know whenever I haul they make me sign away all rights and claim that they might just break my boat in half and I have to be okay with that. Some yards refuse to haul wooden boats entirely, not that wood was at fault here.
    I lost my Folkboat due to a crane incident, with no comebacks. That was the day i decided i will not own anything i can not launch myself.
    Accidents can and do happen, its how they are resolved that is important, hopefully Vega and crew will endevour.

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    She filled with water when she went over on both sides, looks like the yard are going to do the repairs on their insurance, but Shane, Meggi and the cat will need somewhere to stay while the repairs are being done. They also had several laptops and other equipment on board ready for delivery to the schools they support.
    In amongst all the bad news there have been some fantastic offers of help, and they have a donation site set-up as well

    Last edited by artif; 02-11-2019 at 01:54 PM.

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    I am following it, it's just a nightmare, I saw the comment about the machinery / electrics are all a write off.
    Something I'm curious about, I see the " historic vessel vega" but no write up on its history. Is there anything?

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    More info here https://www.sailvega.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I am following it, it's just a nightmare, I saw the comment about the machinery / electrics are all a write off.
    Something I'm curious about, I see the " historic vessel vega" but no write up on its history. Is there anything?

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    Interesting, thanks for that.
    The Vega that is famous here is much smaller, has an Atkin look to her, so I was curious about this one.

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    They refer to the ship as H/V Vega. Is the H/V Historic Vessel? Not a designation I've heard before.

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    Sad news, glad the yard will take care of her.

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    It's coming up on 10 years since I hauled my boat out. This sort of thing really helps me to procrastinate some more.
    Will

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    I've been following on FB. Sad story.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willmarsh3 View Post
    It's coming up on 10 years since I hauled my boat out. This sort of thing really helps me to procrastinate some more.
    How's her bottom looking?

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    Repairs underway


    Amazing condition of the oak frames, probably helped her stay together during the falls

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    Excellent. I looked her website up, her interior is astonishing, as is her working remit. A very fine boat.

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    Unfortunately not so pretty now




    And some of the equipment that was due for delivery to the schools that Vega helps

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    ****e, but by the sounds of things she is covered financially.

    Looks like she is in good hands, and will be sailing again soon.

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    I wish we were well covered. Some of the work is covered and a lot of what was damaged is not. Getting her back to work delivering educational and medical supplies is going to be a serious struggle.saloon-web.jpg This is wht is left of our salon. When the boat fell on her port side she bounced and everything on that side broke or moved.

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    Her interior WAS astonishing. Right now it's a bloody ruin.18interior.jpg17interior.jpgMeggi is struggling to save all she can from the crash and burn "carpenters" whose idea is break everything out and replace it with plywood.

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    None of the blocks went through it was all sprung seams and 15 cracked frames. She was dropped on both port and starboard sides.

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    Yes quite a few broken frames to worry with and broken bolts, sprung fastenings.

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    The yard is only grudgingly repairing the damage they caused. We must fight for everything...quality being an unknown term around here. We still face some huge costs to get her back in seaworthy condition again.

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    I'll be posting more from the survey results in the morning. It's a real nightmare.

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    Hi Rolfe here, we discussed your engine woes on FB
    Good to see your posting on here, obviously for all the wrong reasons though.
    Any chance you can get a good independent project manager in, insurance might cover it with a bit of coercion, or a competent volunteer.
    Seems that you have enough to deal with, let alone dealing with the yard on a full time basis.

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    Hi Rolfe, The general consensus is the engine can be saved with a new electrical system. That is everything from wiring harness and sensors to starter and alternator. We drained the oil the first day she was out of the water, pulled the injectors to check for water in the cylinders - none found, which was a miracle. I managed to dry crank her over until there was oil pressure showing on the gauge. Then let her fire off for a minute to circulate the oil. Since I'm what can best be called a combat mechanic who specializes in 3 am chewing gum, bailing wire, and super glue repairs, I have no idea if other parts such as the turbo or inter-cooler might be effected. Any advice from more knowledgeable sources will be appreciated. As to the yard, it is a constant uphill battle for everything. Quality is not a word common to the vocabulary here. Meggi and I see ourselves as custodians of Vega, a piece of history. We have always done our best to insure she can survive for another 100 years. In Indonesia, Singapore, or East Timor we have many well placed friends who watch over us and help smooth problems. In Thailand we are alone and it is a frightening experience. The insurance is covering most of the major hull works but falls far short of the details which made Vega a sound seaworthy vessel for our yearly deliveries. As I said, we can use all the help and practical advice we can get. We are having trouble sourcing a replacement parts book for our Perkins M-215-C engine - ours was trashed. Without one I can't order the parts. Hint, hint, to our forum friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    They refer to the ship as H/V Vega. Is the H/V Historic Vessel? Not a designation I've heard before.
    H/V Stands for Historic Vessel. Vega is one of the few recognized with that title in her registration. She was built in 1892 which makes her 127 years old this year.

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    Well the best of bloody luck with it. If I was closer I would offer you some help. This thread alerted me to your boat which is fantastic, and the work you / she does. Power to your elbow Sir.

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