Northeast end of Fox Island in Resurrection Bay there are a couple of pinnacles in otherwise deep water. Showed a guest from the lower 48 the rock arch on the SW part of Fox Island and wanted to get back over to Thumbs cove, we wanted to anchor up for the night. At the time we were going about 20 mph because of winds and waves. All of a sudden a big bang and loss of power but still moving forward in otherwise deep water. Looking back you could see the rock popping out with each wave. Discovered the outdrive was 3/4 up and props out of the water.
Family and friends wanted to know if we should get the inflatable off the top of the boat and grab the ditch bag with the eprib and other safety essentials. First thing out of my mouth was I do not know .... let me check a few things.
Lifted the dog house cover expecting the worst, to my surprise looked totally normal maybe an inch of water with none coming in. The engine compartment normality told me that we did not rip the outdrive out of the transom. next see if the outdrive would go back down. To my surprise it operated normally. Next can I put the boat in forward, yes and we are moving at trolling speed. OK lets add some power, no problem no major vibration but it was a bit slow. We went to thumbs at about 2800 rpm and 16 mph. Once at Thumbs cove in calm water inspected the outdrive. Damage had been done bent SS prop (not bad) and skeg broken (later I would find that the outdrive had two holes in the casting and I was loosing oil from the lower unit).
We decided (unanimous vote by hardcore fishermen & women) this boat needed to be out of the water. Drove back to Seward and put her on the trailer. Additional damage was a semi crushing of the drivers side chine involving an area about three feet long We smacked the center tail breaking loose gel coat but that is about all. The out drive had two gouges at the top of the outdrive a broken skeg and a slightly bent blade on one the front prop.
The boat is at SHIP in Seward and Jerry will get the gears out of the compromised lower casing and get the salt off them.
I discovered that the money spent on the Osprey and Volvo Penta outdrive was well worth it and is a potential live saver. With three inches of fiberglass below the water line I can't imagine the force necessary to poke a hole in it. No breeched hull. The Volvo Penta outdrive is designed to give way on impact and still be usable after, outstanding technology. Want to change the name of the boat to "Timex, takes a licking and keeps on ticking".
The thick fiberglass and an outdrive designed to absorb sudden impact changed this from from and emergency ditching with a loss of boat and threat to life into a real yawner.
An older boat or a modern aluminum boat would have had a comprised hull and an engine that was broken, it would hve been taking on water and emergency measures would have had to be taken for survival.
I think I own the safest, no best! boat on the planet. A old guy like me in the parking lot at seward with a 24' Orca Skagit looked at what happened and said "this is why I will never own an aluminium boat, it never would have survived this"