At times I feel like
after all this work I know Flying Cloud pretty well. WRONG!!!
continues to do her best to make me a Freeport 41 Guru.
we purchased her in Mazatlan, Mexico she was located in a new marina
along with a lot of other frustrated cruising boats.
We know from experience of working all over the world on boats, that
these places many times have their own little community that counts on
each other for survival.
I won't get into a lot of this here. So lets just say that we knew
better than to hire a local surveyor.
We spent two full days aboard Flying Cloud, alone. During that time we
took over 500 photos, opened every nook we could and once decided that
we would make an offer, we measured and listed all of the items we
thought we would need to bring to Mazatlan to make her ready for a short
cruise into the upper regions of the Sea of Cortez.
someone did an excellent job of fabricating a panel that looked very
much like the mast support in the bilge. Once installed there was no way
to see the truth behind that panel.
in Texas and this refit underway, we discovered this hidden secret. I
almost had a heart attack when I saw it and remembered back in Mexico
all the stresses we had placed on that area of the boat.
Freeport 41 (the earlier versions) did not have a keel stepped mast.
Stepped on deck it was supported by a teak beam from inside the cabin
ceiling to the floor. Beneath the floor, they had fabricated a support
from steel. This was laid-up right in the hull to some extent and then
additional fiberglass roving was applied along side this steel "H" beam.
After years of a saltwater environment, this beam had actually dissolved
into nothing more than what turned out to be a couple buckets of rust
you have one of these boats and the deck is showing some compression,
take a very close look under the floor next to the forward head.