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"Polbream" out of action

Updated: 18-09-2010

Polbream on an even keel "Polbream" on an even keel, reflected in the Helford River in 2009

"Polbream" - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37

One of the yachts we have chartered from Cornish Cruising in Falmouth over a number of years suffered a major incident during a charter a couple of weeks before we were due to charter her in September 2010. "Polbream" - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37 was apparently in Scilly when she is alleged to have struck the submerged 'Little Kittern' rock in Old Grimsby off Tresco. She was returned to Cornish Cruising without the charterers declaring the alleged incident. She was then chartered by another group who subsequently suffered a broach or knockdown on the way to the Helford. Upon returning to the marina she was lifted out and it was discovered that her keel was missing. Reports on the Yachting and Boating World forum suggest that the boat remained watertight because the keel bolts below the cabin sole are fibre-glassed over on this design of yacht. Photos there showed the keel bolts sheared off close to the hull leaving a short stub of the keel apparently undamaged. Her lost keel is reported to have been found in Old Grimsby. At the time of writing it was said to be unclear about the future of "Polbream". Hopefully she can be repaired and made available for charter again soon.

Photos below from Steve Worner.

Polbream without her keel "Polbream" without her keel, ashore in Falmouth Marina
Polbream keel stub "Polbream" keel stub