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Old 22-02-2016, 21:00   #46
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Re: Cyclone Winston beached yacht

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that should pull back into the water fairly easily if you can find a tug big enough.
you need to be doing the pull on a spring tide which only happen every 2weeks,tides are getting smaller for the next ten days.

tie a bridal of ropes around the vessel and keel in preparation.

an air bag would be the way to go, under the chine/keel,failing that 44 gallon drums sunk then the water expelled by compressed air work well.

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Tide Times and Tide Chart for Nandi, Vanua Levu Island
Great link to tides, looks like March 8 is the day to do it perhaps? Rig it at low tide before noon and and shoot for pulling it at 5:45, but sun sets at 6:24...

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Old 22-02-2016, 22:31   #47
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Re: Cyclone Winston beached yacht

Tides at Savu Savu might just be a bit earlier than Nandi,being on the east side of Vanua Levu, Nandi on the west side of Viti Levu


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Old 23-02-2016, 05:04   #48
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As a rather antique approach, read Aku-Aku: the Secret of Easter Island
It will give you some ideas.
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Old 28-02-2016, 17:43   #49
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Re: Cyclone Winston beached yacht

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Hi my yacht has been beached in Savusavu, unfortunately there is no communication in this town yet to ascertain the extent of boat damage! If I am lucky and keel is in order and no major holes could anybody tell me the best way to get her back in the water bearing in mind there will be no cranes at this stage

Where she is lying she sits about 60-100 ft from deep water ( maybe)

I'm thinking that possibly clearing a path and dragging her towed into deep water on her hull side

She's a fin keel skeg

Any materials used to try and protect hull and bottom! Any techniques to achieve this? Any ideas?

I will be there on Wednesday!

Any ideas greatly appreciated

I wish you luck refloating your lady.

Just a quick comment ... about eighteen months ago a 40ft Bavaria came adrift during a 50kt squall in Port Stephens and ended up on a sandy beach. A visual inspection at the time revealed no obvious damage and when she was refloated the skipper continued on his voyage.
About 10 hours out of Pt Stephens (in pretty boisterous conditions I'm told) there was a load bang and he saw pieces of the rudder floating away into the distance - it had delaminated and only the rudder stock and s/s frames remained.
He was fortunate to get a tow to Coffs Harbour where he had to wait three months for a new rudder to be supplied from Bavaria - the insurance company wouldn't permit a repair and insisted on a replacement.
The lesson here is that not all damage is immediately obvious.
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Old 28-02-2016, 18:54   #50
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Re: Cyclone Winston beached yacht

I refloated one with 45 gallon drums. Tie as many as you can find (4) on the water side. Then take a line from the top of the mast and start the tow 90 degrees to the vessel. The bow will want to go down and keep going until she lists towards the water. The drums will then be under water and give you maximum lift. As you keep towing, the vessel will heel over more and the keel will drag and lift with the amount of floatation. You will have to adjust the tow line depending on the weight of the tow vessel. Make sure it is longer than the height of the mast. When the vessel rights itself it will move towards the tow vessel quickly. Be ready to release the line. Do not tow fast as you are pulling on a very long lever. Hoping that you post how your operation goes. Best Regards, Roger.
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Old 29-02-2016, 10:31   #51
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That sucks. My first thought is a crane.
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Old 29-02-2016, 12:07   #52
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That sucks. My first thought is a crane.
Mine also, except it is a third world country. I'll bet manpower might be the way for him to go.

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