Peter Stonestreet suggested that I write up my experience of removing the keel from my 1997 Maxi 34 a year or two ago as, after the tragedy of Cheeky Raffiki, this is a topical subject. The story starts with us purchasing Ariam from Roger Moon at SD Marine in 2012. She had been chartered for most of her life and we paid an appropriate price, although being a Maxi she was fundamentally sound. After a season I noticed that the bilges were never completely dry and began looking for what must be a small, but persistent leak. On a reach to starboard, the discovery of a thin, pulsing trickle of seawater appearing from a crack in a section of fibreglass fillet at the aft end of the keel, indicated the potential source.
Deep gloom descended as my first reaction was that Ariam must have been grounded hard at some stage in her life, but Neil Desty (of Destys at Hamble Point) kindly came up to Kemps Quay to inspect the hull internally. His view was that this had not the case and the structure was in perfect condition. He was reluctant to remove the keel as “you really, really don’t want to take the keel off a Maxi” but we agreed that the only way to pin down the leak was to drop the keel. Thus Ariam was de-rigged and lifted out at Hamble Point. With all 8 keel bolt nuts undone, you might have expected the keel to come away with little resistance, but not so. After hours in the slings and much heaving and hammering from above, Desty’s troops suggested it would be better for the owner not to watch the next stage of the process. This involved cutting scallops of material out of the fibreglass, front and rear and either side of the keel, and inserting crowbars to lever the keel out of its socket. With an almighty ‘bang’ the keel eventually disconnected and sat upright in the dunnage prepared for it.
A thin, black line along the sealant indicated where water was entering through a crack at the forward end of the keel, seeping along its length and emerging through a keel bolt hole at the rear, then out through the fillet. I took the opportunity to have some corrosion pits in the keel filled, after slurry blasting the cast iron. Destys then re-coppercoated it, cleaned out the keel slot and refitted the keel with new sealant. Ariam has been bone dry ever since.
The point I took home from this was that the keel attachments in the Maxi 1000/ Maxi 34 hull are immensely well engineered. First of all the keel fits into a 2″ deep slot in the hull, ensuring there is plenty of solid fibreglass structure around it. Secondly the bending moment the keel imposes on the hull, as the boat heels, is reacted over a wide area due to the flat, flared-out top section of the keel. This makes the keel more expensive to cast, but has the added benefit of allowing the 8 keel bolts to be staggered athwartships, further spreading the load. I am very happy to see how well the boat is constructed and have no worries about the keel detaching at sea.
MAXI OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Annual General meeting – 21st February 2016
Held at The Phoenix Inn, Twyford. Meeting Opened at 12:00hrs
Amylou ~ Gary & Carole Heward
Asante ~ Andy & Sara Horwood
Blue Lightning ~ Peter & Sarah Sands
Blue Rider ~ Peter & Sue Stonestreet
Looking Foor Klos ~ Julian & Carolyn Trimming
Neroli ~ Rod & Carole Minkey
Magewind ~ John Skipper
Misty ~ Nigel Chilcott
Atlantide ~ David Lack
Good Time Girl ~ Kevin & Annie Brown
Apologies were received from the following:
Fenix Flyer ~ Graham Bremer
Suive ~ Richard & Lorraine Sams
Caribou ~ Tim & Sarah Phillips
Leda ~ David Brown
Orinoco ~ Ronnie and Jane Harris
Moonshine Blues ~ Robert & Sally Ledger
Vouvray ~ Chris & Helen Wildey
Aloni ~ Jim & Jackie Burns
Copies of the minutes of the 2015 AGM were distributed
It was unanimously agreed that they were a true and accurate account of that meeting.
Julian Trimming opened the meeting by thanking those members attending and summarised the events of 2015.
A significant milestone was the advice that Maxi Yachts had a new UK distributor “Regatta Yachts”
Regatta Yachts would be offered membership of the Association conditional on them undertaking to respect that Membership Data was classified and not available for them to use for marketing purposes..
There was intent to confirm a rally program as early as possible in the hope that getting the events in to Members diaries would encourage wider attendance.
In discussions with Chris Wildey, it was believed that changing the website to a “Wordpress” format would make site maintenance easier and allow the site to be kept up to date without the reliance on everything needing to be processed by the webmaster.
Program for change and budget costs were discussed and it was agreed that Chris Wildey would be given the authority to proceed.
Chris has expended a great deal of time and effort in researching and proposing plans for the website and the Association formally recognises his work, expresses a vote of thanks and will present him with a token gift of wine to show appreciation.
A survey has been conducted by the “Dufour” Owners Association looking at various aspects of Boat Owners Associations.
One of the areas highlighted is the difficulty that smaller Associations are having in maintaining support from their membership. Giving some reassurance that the difficulty the M.O.A is having in engaging its members is not unique.
The Memberships ideas and opinions are again sought to try to boost Association activity.
Sarah presented a summary of the years accounts and had the accounts available for review by the members.
Balance of our accounts at the end of the 2015/16 year was:
Current account: £278.30
Savings account: £4655.32
Income (Subs & Sales) £817.77
Website hosting £128.00
AGM Costs £26.00
Sara provided an updated membership list which showed that membership is slightly down on that of previous year, although the distribution is generally unchanged.
It was agreed by those present that “Honorary” memberships should be removed from the Association
It was agreed by those present that the following “Associate” Memberships would be granted for one year
John Haskins Marine – technical advisor
Proposals for the Committee are set out below.
In addition it was proposed and agreed that Three (3) additional General Members would be elected on to the Committee.
Chairman Julian Trimming
Vice Chairman Vacant
Secretary Peter Sands
Treasurer Sarah Sands
Web Master Vacant
Membership Secretary Sara Horwood
UK Rally Coordinator Peter Stonestreet
South Coast Rally Coordinator Graham Bremer
East Coast Rally Coordinator Vacant
General Committee Members (3) Andy Horwood
Signatories to the Association bank accounts remain as Sarah Sands (Treasurer) and Sara Horwood (Membership) and Peter Sands (Secretary)
The proposed committee was unanimously approved by those members present at the meeting
Volunteers are requested to fill the two vacant positions
Graham Bremer was sadly unable to attend the meeting so a report of activity in the Solent area was given by Peter Sands
The Solent area are circulating invitations to attend rallies to all Association Members to both demonstrate what is going on and welcome any Member to an event should they be cruising in the area during a planned event.
No reports were given of activity in any other area
Rally Co-ordinators are requested for all other regions in the hope activity can be encouraged.
Preliminary Rally Program Solent Area
26 / 27 March ~ Ocean Village / Mercury Marina
9/10/11 May ~ Bembridge
4 / 5 June ~ Lymington
13 / 14 ~ August Chichester
3 / 4 September ~ Poole
16 / 16 October ~ Cowes
Joomla to be replaced by “Wordpress” to make it easier to maintain the site and add items.
See Chairman’s report
No items were tabled and the meeting was closed at 1430hrs.
MAXI OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
We are pleased to invite you, as a Member of the MAXI OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, to our A.G.M., which will take place at:
The Phoenix Inn
Sunday 19th February 2017
12.00 AGM (all welcome)
13.00 Meal (Curry Buffet – TBC), Drink and Skittles.
Members and families are welcome to the AGM, but if you would just like to attend the social part of the event you are very welcome. The main purpose for the AGM will be to agree the Association programme for 2017 and to elect Officers to the Committee.
The meal will probably be a curry buffet depending on numbers at a cost of £12 per head. A first drink will be provided by M-O-A.
Due to the changes in the committee at the end of this year we still have vacancies for:
East Coast Rally Co-ordinator
UK Rally Co-ordinator
We would welcome any volunteers.
We are conscious that currently most events are Solent /South Coast.
If there are members in other locations interested in attending events or maybe arranging pub meetings, rallies do lets us know to so any suggestions could be discussed at the AGM.
The committee have been busy and have developed a provisional programme for 2017, which will be shared at the AGM so that you can put the dates in your diaries.
Remember, out of area participation is always welcome so if your Maxi is a long way away (or out of the water), come by car and share the fun.
- Chairman’s Report – Activities during the year
- Treasurer’s Report – Membership and accounts
- Rally co-ordinator’s report on 2016 programme and review of the 2017 programme
- Election/Re-election of Officers / Committee Members and Honorary Members
|South Coast Rally Co-ordinator||Richard Sams|
|UK Rally Co-ordinator||Vacant|
|Membership Secretary||Sara Horwood|
|East Coast Rally Co-ordinator||Vacant|
|General Committee Member||Andy Horwood
plus 1 vacancy
- Discussion on events, web site, help required and developing activity on website
- Any other business
As we need to confirm meal numbers with the pub, please confirm if you will be attending by Monday 13th February.
You will find also attached a Form of Proxy (for completion if you are unable to attend).
Please return either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Membership Secretary by Friday 17th February for Proxy votes to be counted.
M-O-A Committee January 2017
FORM of PROXY MOA A.G.M. 19th February 2017
Voting by Proxy
You can vote by proxy by marking with an “X” against each item.
If you mark in some other way or more than once against the item or leave blank then no vote will be recorded for that item.
Deadline for voting by proxy
This form, properly completed, should be returned to the Membership Secretary, Sara Horwood, Anemone Cottage, South Lane, Nomansland, Salisbury, SP5 2BZ by the latest Friday 19th February. No proxy forms can be accepted after that date.
Signing the Form
For your vote to be counted you must sign at the foot of the form.
|The following posts are vacant. If you are prepared to volunteer for one, please tick below:|
|East Coast Rally Co-ordinator|
|UK Rally Co-ordinator|
|Items requiring a vote:||For||Against||Abstain||Discretion of Chairman|
|1. To re-elect existing committee members to current positions and to elect new committee members|
|2. To re-elect the SD Marine team and Haskins Marine as Associate Members for 2016/17|
Matters for discussion (please write in):
Signed——————————————————– Date ———————-
Name (Capitals please)———————————————-
Please see below the entries for the 2016 MOA photo competition. Please e-mail me on email@example.com with your vote with the name of your favourite photo – the prize to be awarded at the AGM on Feb 19th at the Phoenix, Twyford, Nr Winchester.
This was last rally of the season, we went to Shepherd’s Wharf, Cowes over the weekend of October 15th/16th 2016.
With 17 boats represented, this rally boasted to be the most well attended rally of the season with up to 44 attendees.
However, by the w/e some folk cancelled, not because of the weather forecast, but, through ill health. So, we were down to 12 boats, still a great turnout for the time of year, particularly with a forecast of strong winds for the homeward journey on Sunday. Must be a sturdy lot these Maxi owners. It was wonderful to see many new faces. Some new to rallies, and some new to MOA, and even some thinking about joining.
The weather on the Saturday proved to be a great day for sailing, fair winds and sunshine, and boats arrived throughout the afternoon.
The weather on the Saturday stayed fair until pontoon party time! However, in anticipation of the changeable forecast and with some advanced planning, we had booked into the Sugar Store at the Marina.
The Sugar Store is an old store that has been ‘tarted’ up for hire. Although, expensive at £75.00/hour! In true Maxi style, and after some hard negotiations with the harbour master, a charge was agreed which kept us within budget. The pontoon party went ahead in the warm & dry, with good wine, warmed canapés and lots of talk about the last season and seasons to come.
We all moved on to the Island Sailing Club for dinner, which was delicious and we were welcomed to the club in a warm & friendly manner.
The weather didn’t look so good for the Sunday. However, the front moved through earlier than expected, whilst we were all tucked up in bed, well, most of us! Thus, the weather gave us the opportunity for a great sail home, even though gusts went up to mid-twenties.
So, for the last sailing event for 2016, a good time was had by all.
Looking forward to 2017, with maybe a wheels rally before then?
A quote from an attendee – ‘Thanks for organising a great rally with much better than expected weather for the sail to Cowes and back’