Zanshin damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria

I've been keeping my boats at the Nanny Cay boatyard in the BVI over the years and hurricanes have gone through in the past with little or no damage at all in the relatively sheltered yard at Nanny Cay. The boats are chocked up and then tied down securely but the yard was devastated by hurricane Irma on September 6th and subsequently run over again by hurricane Maria shortly thereafter on September 20th.
While I'd seen some pictures and drone videos, I didn't know the state of Zanshin until October 1st, when Chris Simpson from BVI Yacht Sales managed to find some time to do me a favor and look a bit closer. The original pictures I have on hand have been corrupted, but I hope to be able to restore them at a later date

    October 1, 2017

The initial pictures show two holes in the hull below the waterline caused by the stands and abovedecks the upper half of the mast is missing and most of the deck hardware is broken, bent or missing. I don't know the conditions inside the boat, but the hatches are all OK and closed so I remain optimistic. But if the 1000l of diesel or the water in the water tank has spilled out inside then Zanshin might still be a total loss.

    October 2017 - March 2018

Despite several misleading messages and missives (and charges) from the boat yard, Zanshin wasn't lifted back onto her stands until now, she was one of the last boats to be righted. I still don't know her condition inside but the outside damage images sent to me look promising for limited damage.

    March 2019

I have finally discharged my commitments at work and am now in the BVI. I must admit that my blood pressure and pulse were up when I first climbed up aboard Zanshin and opened up the main companionway sliding hatch covers and got my first look inside. I had cleaned up the boat and stowed most items away prior to leaving, so there wasn't much of a mess from the boat tipping over, only one cushion had been displaced and the loose items I had stored on the navigation station table had all slid down; the coffee machine had fallen over but had remained on the counter. But my first impression wasn't from the visuals but from the smell - she smelled clean but a little stale and not a whiff of diesel was in the air!
Although the holes in the side of the hull had let in water during the flooding that accompanied the two hurricanes, the water ingress was mainly limited to the two compartments and the bilge. I have 2 solar panels glued to the foredeck and I have left all of my automatic bilge pumps on when I left - a factor which problably saved me from significant damage since the system evacuated all the excess water. The electrics kept on working after that, my house battery was fully charged and I even had power to turn on the music while checking out the boat and I had brought a 6-pack of San Pellegrino water to keep me hydrated and those went into the fridge, which I also turned on so that I could have cold water to drink.

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