I finished re-decking my S&G with a strip deck, new skeg and some other mods. At the same time I re-skinned one of my SOFs. Today I loaded them both up for rechristening. Unfortunately, tragedy struck. I have a bow line that I've had on my car wrapped up in the grill, all summer. It decided to snap at ~60 mph today and my boats ripped the roof rack off my car. Nothing I can't fix with respect to the boats, and luckily no one was following too closely so the only damage is to my roof rack and my boats.
Public service announcement part1: Make sure you use bow lines any time you're going to be traveling anywhere near highway speeds.
Public service announcement part 2: Make sure your bow lines are in good condition!
Here are a few pics of the damage:
At the side of the road, still attached to the roof rack.
New skeg delaminated and broken.
Bow hull panel.
There is also a minor scrape along the keel at the stern, about 18 inches aft of the skeg, and both bow and stern stems have ~3 inches scraped off deck down to the wood. I figure the wood boat has about 10 hours of work to repair everything.
The skin on frame actually survived pretty well. Only two pieces of the frame actually broke. These are fairly light weight cockpit "coaming" pieces that were under a fair amount of tension and one of which had broken once already just from body weight. (I had lashed a repair piece to the break already.) I think when I reskin I'll make these pieces a little bit larger. If I can figure out how to edit the video of the damage, I'll add it here. Currently it's too large...