Talofa Lee sank to her cabin sides before she settled to the bottom. The deckhouse top and rigging were not submerged. She was refloated using drums and moved to a small shipyard to await insurance survey. She was not completely de-watered until after her survey (about three inches of water and oil covered the saloon deck) and no one was allowed to take action, such as clearing the engine and transmission of sea water until the survey was complete. This exacerbated the damage.
|Main cabin after removing all loose items|
Electrical systems were destroyed. The positive battery posts on both installed batteries were vaporized by high current when the battery terminals became covered with salt water. All wiring was severely corroded. All electronics were destroyed. The stove was not salvageable, nor was the 12V Cold Machine refrigeration.
The Yanmar 2GM engine was frozen and would not rotate.
|Mildew on varnished surfaces in the main cabin|
|Companionway steps with oily residue on deck below|
|Mildew on bulkhead and corrosion on fittings|
|Cockpit clutter while de-cluttering boat for dryout|
|About 20 percent into removing things for boat dryout|