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Old 01-02-2016, 18:05   #16
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Marinas, especially in winter when heaters are left on a lot, can be dangerous places for boats. Sorry to hear about the fire and the loss of the boats, but happy to hear yours was OK. I've seen boats that were close to a burning boat that did not catch on fire but the heat melted/scorched the FG on the side next to the fire.
"The fire is understood to have started in a car repair workshop which shared the site off Bridge Road, and spread rapidly. Up to 50 firefighters were called on to control the blaze, with fire engines travelling over from the mainland to assist. Cowes Harbour was closed for much of the afternoon, with delays and cancellations to both the Red Funnel car ferry and chain ferry, which operates between East and West Cowes".
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Heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Nott over the loss of 'Witch': To have invested so much passion. commitment and life time into restoration of such a priceless antique vessel only to loose her at the time when the reward of sailing this season was anticipated must be devastating.
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I feel Deeply sorry

An irony, that a fatal end to those boats was blasted by the humans, not by the sea.

By varnishing a few extra pieces of mahogany, I can only presume how much care was poured in...

It takes two full days to dry up a hand of varnish, and 8 layers are required, in a dust-less, not dump, not sun-lit environment....
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How much of ourselves we put into our boats… they will be grieving indeed. What a loss.
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Re: Horrible Fire in Cowes

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Marinas, especially in winter when heaters are left on a lot, can be dangerous places for boats. Sorry to hear about the fire and the loss of the boats, but happy to hear yours was OK. I've seen boats that were close to a burning boat that did not catch on fire but the heat melted/scorched the FG on the side next to the fire.
Thanks.

It didn't happen in a marina, but in a boatyard.

The heartbreaking news continues to pour in --

Fedoa, an Alfred Mylne design, a fabulous gaff-rigged ketch, has also been destroyed:

Fedoa

Fedoa - design number 309
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And Vere, an admiralty steam launch which was a veteran of the Dunkirk "Little Ships" evacuation:

First World War: Britain’s surviving vessels

Ironically built in 1905 on the very spot in Cowes where she was destroyed.
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"The fire is understood to have started in a car repair workshop which shared the site off Bridge Road, and spread rapidly. Up to 50 firefighters were called on to control the blaze, with fire engines travelling over from the mainland to assist. Cowes Harbour was closed for much of the afternoon, with delays and cancellations to both the Red Funnel car ferry and chain ferry, which operates between East and West Cowes".
A true tragedy! A boat caught fire in Seattle this last year and burnt up not only several boats around it but also the businesses and condos there too. Fires are scary things. The cause was allegedly candles left going.
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