I have a 41' Islander that is old and has been raced pretty hard. We have sailed her for 4 years and a friend is saying that it is time to sell it. one of his reasons is that the hull flexes to much. she has a big rig and sails wonderfully. with the wind on the beam the standing rigging is quite lose. it will move maybe three to four inches but will be tight at rest. we have noticed some lines in the gel coat just below the chain plates.
the boat also was grounded hard at one time and a small piece of the keel was taken off. a 4 inch crack has developed at the aft end of the keel port to starboard. it is in an extension of the keel that runs back to the rudder. we had it fixed once by a marina but i don't think they did a very professional job. it came back at launch time when she was in the slings. i plan on putting her in the slings this spring and fixing the crack myself.
I have thought of having a survey done and see what they tell me but the last one we had the guy missed so much. it was stuff i was replacing anyway but it is hard to know if they have seen bad hulls before and can tell the difference.
We love this boat it has tons of room. we are at the point of putting alot of equipment, time and money into this boat so that we can follow the dream. we don't want to expend our resources if the boat won't be safe.
we have been in 35 knot winds and she did fine.
any ideas, knowledge or opinions would be great.
Rick and Deb
"Keep the water out of the boat and the boat in the water"