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Old 17-12-2010, 17:37   #16
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I'm very glad that they were rescued and very sorry about the loss of their boat. Must have been scary...
but isn't that Frank Zappa in the photo?? So he didn't die after all? He went cruising? Who'd a thunk it...
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Old 17-12-2010, 17:53   #17
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Good thing they had the gear. Like someone above said, replacing a boat isn't that hard (compared to replacing a life).
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Old 17-12-2010, 20:59   #18
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I think that if I were the owner of a Tri. of this make and model I would be running out and checking it out. It is too bad she sank both for the owner and his dream. It would be nice to know what caused the failure as it seemed to be sudden and catastrophic. I Looked at photo and it appears the fore and backstay are split and are attached to the ends of the amas ( if that's what they are called) and couln't help but wonder if that particular set up may have contributed to the failure due to mast pumping and fatigue. I don't profess to be a marine achitect and don't want to start a wandernig thread but I would like to learn something from this unfortnate accident.
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Old 22-01-2011, 23:45   #19
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Thank goodness their yacht had the right kind of safety equipment. They would have been dead without it.
thanks you are right im happy to be here
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Old 22-01-2011, 23:47   #20
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That is crazy, glad they are alive!
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Old 22-01-2011, 23:49   #21
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Glad to hear someone else has made it...

Wonder if this is whats increasing peoples anxieties about cruising...
30 years ago one only heard local and occasionally national sinking's.. maybe one or two a year... and the rare International one if it was dramatic enough... brief interest and then it drifts to a vague memory dragged out for 'Sea Stories' once in a while... compared to other everyday statistics.. insignificant
Today with Internet you can hear about 1 or 2 nearly every day.... 0.00000000000000000000001/2% of the seagoing population in the world.. and that's a disingenious guess... but because of the frequency the news comes in at the irrational gremlins in ones brain start whispering in ones ear.. "that could be you.."
When the truth is your as safe as you've ever been.. just more informed
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Old 22-01-2011, 23:53   #22
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I wonder what make of triamaran that is.

"It happened all of a sudden. They were just cruising along, it was very choppy about a one foot chop and 12 foot waves and I guess a wave just hit them just so and ripped one of the pontoons off the ship."

And was the boat still afloat after the break? Doesn't seem like it would have sunk, unless the break tore open the main hull, too.

Thank goodness for EPIRBs. Might have ended up two skeletons in a rowboat otherwise.
it was a 42 ft brown sea runner we were in 6 to 10 foot swell and waves when she broke apart and yes the main hull to and yes i am a skeleton now hahaha but puting the weigt back on
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Glad you and your pal pulled through and I'm sorry to hear of any sailor's loss. Is there anything you would've done differently, or was it all too unexpected to do anything but react?
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Old 22-01-2011, 23:59   #24
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Looks like the boat went down this time. Can not imagine they abandoned not - sinking boat in a dinghy without any water and food with them. Something went wrong this time - sometimes it just happen.

Most important - they are alive, so we all can be happy with the final outcome. All the best for them

thanks yes we are doing good and very alive she went down in about half a hour happy to be able to answer all your ?
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No liferaft? I'm wondering why the dinghy...unless that's all that broke free.
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I wonder if seeing land gave them the impression that they would be alright to jump in the boat and row rather then take the time to be sure they had some provisions? They did grab the epirb though ...

50 miles is a long way to row in a calm sea never mind a rough sea.

we were 10 miles from shore when she broke apart we did not have time to take provisions I wish we did our motor for the dingy and our gear was in the yama that broke off so I had to paddle for 50 hours happy to be here
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is anyone EVER prepared for a total loss??

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we were 10 miles from shore when she broke apart we did not have time to take provisions I wish we did our motor for the dingy and our gear was in the yama that broke off so I had to paddle for 50 hours happy to be here
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3 days from EPIRB to hotel.
Thats a bit longer than expected.

Any thoughts on that?


"After receiving the EPIRB signal on Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard coordinated with a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion to fly over the area, but by that time, night had fallen so the crew was unable to spot the dinghy. It took two more days of searching, but a USCG C-130 finally pinpointed the signal around 10:35 Saturday morning. "
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A 10 foot white dinghy (a guess) in F5 (12 foot seas) would be quite hard to spot amongst the waves, especially if the Orion was flying at dusk.

Suppose the lesson is to have a grab bag ready to go, you might just need the contents if you aren't picked up straight away. However, a post above suggests she broke up pretty quickly.
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