In association with Admiral Boat Insurance, Yachting Monthly created a series of potential disasters to find out if all the theories of how to deal with such situations actually work in practice. The boat used in the crash test is Admiral’s own 1982 Jeanneau Sun Fizz ketch, Fizzical.
You’ve hit something and you’re holed. What do you do next? Chris Beeson and the Yachting Monthly Crash Test crew smashed a hole in Admiral’s Crash Test Yacht hull in order to test 10 ways of saving a sinking yacht.
The Yachting Monthly team sank the boat each time and then hoisted it out of the water to test the effectiveness of each method. A hole was smashed in the hull under the forecabin bunk on the starboard side. Testing was in two stages, first the emergency repair to stop a boat sinking and then a more long lasting repair to get the boat home over a longer distance.
Various methods of stuffing the hole were tried including stuffing a cushion in it, using plywood boards, a sail wrapped around the hull, and a lifejacket wrapped in a towel, then inflated, all with varying degrees of success.
More lasting solutions included using an epoxy repair kit. A piece of mat cut to size was glued in place with the epoxy and this did work quite effectively.