John and Deb Rogers, owners of Deerfoot 2-62 Moonshadow, are currently having a little work done by Circa after a surprise encounter with a “bommie”…
The above photo is of Moonshadow’s keel, after smacking into a “bommie”–aka coralhead–while entering a Tuamotan anchorage. Thanks to the Deerfoot 2-62’s brute structural strength, the bommie came away the loser. After 3,000 extra miles of cruising on a slightly dented keel, John and Deb are happy to have the good folks at Circa doing the fix. John writes:
“We have sand-blasted our keel and removed the inspection ports on the side of Moonshadow’s keel to see what the extent of the damage from our bommie encounter might be. Besides the wrinkled nose of the keel, it appeared to come through amazingly well, but we did find a couple of welds along the stem had broken so have proceeded with repairs. The damage has been cut away and next week the new bits will be assembled and welded back in place. Below are a couple of photos you might find interesting. Having sailed 3,000 miles with our banged up keel since the accident, once again I must say it is very satisfying cruising on a boat that was not only conceived expressly for just how we’re using Moonshadow, but engineered with a view to take in stride the kind of hazards this lifestyle includes!”
John and Deb have a fascinating recap of how this encounter came to pass… Find out all the details with some great photos on their latest blog at saillegacy.blogspot.com.