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Old 11-10-2010, 13:45   #16
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But I do agree on the coral reef being precious and on us trying to avoid making any damage to it. Off course!

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Old 11-10-2010, 14:28   #17
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Dare I remind you of the great "Turtle" saga. How after hurricane IKE put "Turtle" and 85 of her dockmates ashore in a marshy spot in Baytown Texas and how her mighty (and studly) skipper, with help from his stronger friends stood up, repaired and then skidded her 55' back to the water, all by hand.

Yes Dear reader with only the most basic of tools such as levers, comealongs, log rollers, and pork lard(20lbs) 10(12?) mostly old fat white guys moved a Pacific Seacraft 25 back into the water without causing further damage to the boat or, more importantly, them selves.

Making "Turtle" the only boat in the place to get out without having to pay the City of Baytown or its minions their outrageous $253.00 per foot moving fee...........but I digress..............m
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Old 11-10-2010, 14:49   #18
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Making "Turtle" the only boat in the place to get out without having to pay the City of Baytown or its minions
Not the only one....but yes, that way a nasty bit of business pulled off by the City of Baytown. That was an impressive job for mostly old, fat, white guys!

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Old 24-10-2010, 13:48   #19
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[QUOTE=barnakiel;536775]I am reading a blog of some sailors who got washed onto a reef back in 1979. The boat got lifted by big swells and ended up on the other side ... with no way out.

But where there is will ... With the most primitive tools, they did cut a 30 meter long channel in the reef, it took them slightly over 2 months in 45 degrees

Yes that also happened 2 years ago on the first Louisiades rally when "Quintessence" hit the reef at Du Chateaux and the next day popped over it into the lagoon and then came to rest gently on the sandy beach.
The local natives finally helped greatly by digging a trench through the sand and then the coral reef. (unfortunately not before pillaging the yacht)
The hull and motor were still ok and so it was able to leave. Later some of the gear was returned to the owners.
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A coral reef is immeasurably more valuable than a boat. This was a bad decision.
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A coral reef is immeasurably more valuable than a boat. This was a bad decision.
Unfortunately that was not a commonly held belief at the time.
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What?......Dang!...now I have to go through out all my Chinese junk and pollute even more.


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I just can't imagine having to cut a channel 30m long and 2.7m deep even with diving kit. Wonder what they used, axes perhaps.

Saw the James Caird (Shackleton boat) at the London Boat show a couple of years ago. Oh wow, its tiny no bigger than a day sailing yacht

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I just can't imagine having to cut a channel 30m long and 2.7m deep even with diving kit. Wonder what they used, axes perhaps.
They started with some heavy duty fishing gear set on wooden spars (I think the word is spear or harpoon) but these did not last long, later some friendly ships helped them make tools similar to what one uses when mining by hand.

The funny vane is those guys were ... miners by trade. So maybe their expertise ;-))) was of some help.

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Dare I remind you of the great "Turtle" saga. How after hurricane IKE put "Turtle" and 85 of her dockmates ashore in a marshy spot in Baytown Texas and how her mighty (and studly) skipper, with help from his stronger friends stood up, repaired and then skidded her 55' back to the water, all by hand.

Yes Dear reader with only the most basic of tools such as levers, comealongs, log rollers, and pork lard(20lbs) 10(12?) mostly old fat white guys moved a Pacific Seacraft 25 back into the water without causing further damage to the boat or, more importantly, them selves.

Making "Turtle" the only boat in the place to get out without having to pay the City of Baytown or its minions their outrageous $253.00 per foot moving fee...........but I digress..............m
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