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Old 19-09-2013, 15:26   #1
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Roll your boat

A pretty good look at what happens when a sailboat rolls over.

Yachting Monthly's Crash Test Boat Capsize - YouTube
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Old 19-09-2013, 15:39   #2
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Re: Roll your boat

test vs reality. how many alleged yachts rollover annually.
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Re: Roll your boat

Scary. And that was a relatively slow motion roll. Imagine the momentum of a real rollover and how it would have thrown bodies around the cabin with much greater force.

Thanks for the link.
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Scary. And that was a relatively slow motion roll. Imagine the momentum of a real rollover and how it would have thrown bodies around the cabin with much greater force.

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test vs reality. how many alleged yachts rollover annually.
It was a real boat.
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Scary. And that was a relatively slow motion roll. Imagine the momentum of a real rollover and how it would have thrown bodies around the cabin with much greater force.

Thanks for the link.

That was much more controlled, and the rigging was already down. Imagine coming up after that, probably injured, to find the rig all over the place.

I can see why the crews of those Fastnet racers no longer viewed their sailboat as the safest place to be. They would have had no control whatsoever of the boat. Below would not be safe, the cockpit a shambles, and they would probably end up taking those waves abeam, and roll again.

Just because the boat didn't sink doesn't mean the people were likely to survive. With that mangled rig you wouldn't dare stay topside, but the cabin would have been horrendous in a second roll.
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That was much more controlled, and the rigging was already down. Imagine coming up after that, probably injured, to find the rig all over the place. I can see why the crews of those Fastnet racers no longer viewed their sailboat as the safest place to be. They would have had no control whatsoever of the boat. Below would not be safe, the cockpit a shambles, and they would probably end up taking those waves abeam, and roll again. Just because the boat didn't sink doesn't mean the people were likely to survive. With that mangled rig you wouldn't dare stay topside, but the cabin would have been horrendous in a second roll.
I just finished reading 'Left For Dead' by Nick Ward about the 79 Fastnet race -- it's a tough call (below, topsides). I'm thinking topsides, but I never want to be in anything like that!
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Its usually pitch black when you roll over too adds to the stress lots of boats dont have their floor boards fastened down either like being in a concrete mixer with heavy sharp stuff being hurled at you.
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Its usually pitch black when you roll over too adds to the stress lots of boats dont have their floor boards fastened down either like being in a concrete mixer with heavy sharp stuff being hurled at you.
Yes, that is why we have been busy screwing them down! Why is it that the sh!t hits the fan only at night???
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That is a wonderful series of videos. Everyone on the water should be forced to watch the entire lot. I watched is a long time ago. and have re-watched several parts of the series many times.

Check out the "hole in the boat" video. Then watch the rest of the series from there
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