Originally Posted by SaltyMonkey
Yo, cheek digger:
Its wasn't his sailing ability, nor the keel bolts
. It was his choice of not checking the keel
after two groundings, because he was wrapped up in fund raising or distracted by other prep. Thats the point. **** can happen to the best of the best.
True or not? You tell me.
Bring Your Own Plates
Oh no doubt there. I'm on your side. Best of the best.
*THIS ARTICLE WAS FACTUAL, AND TRUE*> Every sailor, Eric included, knows that it is their choice and responsibility when putting to Sea, to have their vessel prepared to the best of their knowledge, for it is ultimately their lives and the lives of their crew who depend upon it.
From the article link in your post>"The foil emanated a humming noise
and a vibration that Mike and other crewmembers aboard Coyote could hear and feel during tests, the Coast Guard Report noted. It reported that a number of individuals looked at the keel’s foil and bulb through the Coyote’s sight glass while the vessel was underway, but “none of those persons, however, reported seeing any movement of the keel
or bulb as the vessel worked in the seas.” < This is true and the concensus of all aboard was that the 'humming' was due to the length and design of the underwater appendage. The 'vibration' was thought to be caused by the 'hum' and dismissed. It was'nt as if the bulb was flopping around all wonky like for anything to have been attributed to it at the time. More from the report>"The report concluded on this point that “the effect these vibrations had on the joint securing the bulb to the foil is unknown.”< which was what the concensus of those aboard at the time (also deduced).
“At the time of the grounding,” the Coast Guard report said, “none of the parties aboard felt that it was serious enough of an incident to require that the Coyote be hauled out of the water
or to have the keel inspected. The Concordia project
manager, however, did feel the incident was serious enough to conduct an internal examination of the vessel. The responsibility for deciding whether or not to dry dock
the Coyote after the grounding was Mike Plant’s. He did not have the vessel dry docked, nor did he have any divers examine the keel. Considering the fact that the keel was a new design, it would have been prudent to have the vessel inspected after the grounding.”
"The Coast Guard noted that “the fact that the vessel was not launched until September of 1992, due to financial delays, probably influenced Plant’s decision not to dry dock
the vessel. He was on a tight schedule from the day the vessel was launched through to the day he departed New York
City for France
. His schedule did not allow for unanticipated delays such as hauling the vessel out of the water
Alas, this was a cause to a fatal effect in the end.
thanked me for my assistance before, during and after the voyage ended tragically. I did what I could and spent a considerable amount of personal savings in the end. I saw no merit in the original post by S' Monkey to drag a dead sailor's name through the muck in a thread that it had/has no place in. I'll defend his Honor forever....So my coming to Mike's defense S'Monkey was'nt meant to be personal with you, rather, it brought back some very painful memories for me of a great sailor, and friend, who was lost
at Sea much too early in his sailing career IMO. I rarely drink, and after I replied to your initial post, I actually had to have 2. I literally sat in my room with the door closed holding my copy of the Memorial Service
Card from Mike's passing, one of the very few items I have managed to save through every personal tragedy I have endured since his passing.