RF Marine Consultancy and Survey Ltd provides a full range of surveying, adventure preparation, yacht delivery, tuition, vessel management and marine consultancy services in the UK and overseas.
We have always enjoyed the writing side of the business and when we set off on our 2 year North Atlantic trip in 2017, started to keep a Blog.
Here you will find a collection of some of the more interesting or unusual things we have found over the years…
This charter yacht hit a reef - hard. A write off, it was interesting to see the widespread use of MDF and domestic electrical systems behind the scenes
Advanced cathodic corrosion on a powerboat
Keel bolt corrosion due to seal failure over many years has fractured the GRP moulding.
Diesel bug - this stopped the engine during sea trials
How not to secure a fuel tank for an ocean crossing. Note also the untreated wooden structure.
Stress cracking on a well-used J105. Apart from the keel, the cockpit area was covered in crazed gelcoat.
Inside the J105 keel. A torch revealed crystal-shaped pieces of GRP/resin caused by stress.