|The following two excerpts from published works deserves a page of it's own, not only because they are rather long excerpts, but since both were written by the long established author, adventurer, and sailor; Scott B. Williams....|
Sea Kayaker, June, 2006:
Excerpts from pages 51-58
Life After Katrina: The Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina (Click title to read the entire article) Within this article by Scott B Williams is a chronicle of the search to retrieve his Grampian 26 Intensity. The following is a condensed version of that search, verbatim in these excerpts...
"...Eight days after the storm struck, the roads were passable enough for me to approach the area where my boat had been secured.. ..To get to where I had left the boat in Discovery Bay, I would have to row down the bayou in my dinghy.. ..It was frightening to think what I might find out there. At the time, hundreds of people were still missing, and bodies were turning up everywhere. I rowed the dingy through a maze of obstacles--sailboat rigging, overturned hulls and downed trees blocking the waterway. I scraped across something solid just under the surface. It was the cabin top of a sunken sailboat, about the size and shape of mine. I looked closely into the dark water but was relieved to see that this boat was not Intensity.
I passed dozens of vessels I recognized. None had survived. They were tossed ashore or half sunk, dismantled, broken up or holed. I made it to the main marina basin and saw that Intensity was missing, just as I had expected..
..I rowed along the various waterways connected to the marina and found no sign of my boat. I grew increasingly uncomfortable in the unnatural silence, so I gave up the search after a couple hours and returned to the truck..
..I decided to put off searching for my boat until law and order were restored. I no longer held out any hope that somehow Intensity had been spared. My boat was either sunk or somewhere far back in the woods...
..I waited a couple months before launching a kayak, to stay out of the way of clean-up crews and search-and-rescue teams and to comply with boating restrictions imposed by the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities.
Intensity was wedged between two tall pines, her keel and rudder buried in the mud, mast and rigging hanging from branches high overhead, and her companionway and hatches broken open by looters who had taken many of my valuables.
The boat was a total loss..."
Prior to the publication of the above article, Scott had sent an email to Ken Corbett, the founder of grampianowners.com; Dated September 22, 2005, His message began by saying..
He goes on to describe the extensive damage that was done to the boat by hurricane Katrina (You can read the email in its entirety at: http://www.grampianowners.com/Stories/Intensity.htm)
Although sadly, his boat was a total loss, the fact which stands out to me is that the hull and deck had actually survived being thrown into the forest and wedged it between two trees by a full force hurricane .. Well, that is one great testament to the structural integrity of a Grampian 26!
For our next excerpt, also written Scott, where he provides us a notable mention/review of the Grampian 26 in his best selling 'Bug Out' book series:
The G26 is briefly mentioned earlier on page 142:
"..children can do fine on some cruising vessels under 30 feet. I was able to live comfortably enough on my Grampian 26 sailboat with two other people for a few months.."
And later in the book, on page 153, inside the chapter 'Liveaboard Boats' he provides a full page review of the Grampian 26, presented here in it's entirety:
I've had a few brief correspondences with Scott Williams, and there was something particular he said in the review above that caught my attention.. So I asked him about it.. I address that subject in another post, along with his reply.
Perhaps it caught your attention too?
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