This is what happened:
- Hotspur was unmanned – we were out of the country.
- Hotspur was secured to a mooring ball at Santos Marina in El Salvador.
- A gale blew and Hotspur held fast to her mooring.
- The boat in front us broke off its mooring- the mooring chain (belonging to the mooring field) failed.
- The boat’s owners were on board the underway vessel, but had dis-connected their starter battery and couldn't start the engine.
- Their boat struck Hotspur.
- According to the underway vessel, they eventually got their engine started but couldn't power off Hotspur because the boats were entangled.
- Help arrived and finally separated the two boats.
- Hotspur now has a hole in her port hull that penetrated through to the deckside.
- Hotspur has numerous other damages, including 13’ ripped teak toerail, bent and broken stanchions and front pulpit, and gouges and scratches in the fiberglass and gel coat.
|Light shining through gash on Hotspur's port side|
|Hole on Hotspur's deck side and partial shot of broken teak toerail|
|Some of the gouges in Hotspur's hull|