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Old 18-04-2016, 21:37   #1
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Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

Looks like a Hunter 450 with loose keel bolts taking on water and requiring the delivery crew to be rescued at sea. 'Looks just like our previous boat except ours had a Profurl mainsail furling system.

From the video description:

Capt. Terry doing a delivery to hawaii, Boat was sinking and luckily they were rescued!
"One of the reasons i stopped doing the yacht deliveries, the
boat was taking on water due to poor construction and loose keel bolts."


Cruisers..... Check you keel bolts and safety gear.

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Old 18-04-2016, 22:40   #2
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Hunter owners.... Check your keel bolts.
Might be good advice for any boat with a bolt on keel.
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Old 19-04-2016, 06:07   #3
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Might be good advice for any boat with a bolt on keel.
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

Is it just me, or does that video look 15 years old?
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=752

2003, perhaps.


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Old 19-04-2016, 06:30   #6
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

I just saw the 2013 date on the video description, didn't notice the hairstyles or do a google search. It popped up as a new video to watch on my YouTube suggestions.

Turns out to be old news.

Oh well... still not a bad idea for everyone to check keel bolts and for water egress.

Time to unsubscribe to my own thread.
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

Polux issued stats that only 2 cruising monos since 1984 sunk due keel issues. Now I know for 4 already.

Add another one from that AUS movie after true events where keel hit reef and parted and boat sunk and great white eat nearly all of crew and we are at 5 already.
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Polux issued stats that only 2 cruising monos since 1984 sunk due keel issues. Now I know for 4 already.

Add another one from that AUS movie after true events where keel hit reef and parted and boat sunk and great white eat nearly all of crew and we are at 5 already.
And all those rudders falling off..
I mean..!! why do they do it..??
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Old 19-04-2016, 07:27   #9
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

There are actually a few good points made in the comments section below the video on YouTube regarding the interview.

Our Hunter 450, like the one in the video, did not have a bilge... Only a small sump for a couple of gallons and a small bilge pump. Any significant or persistent leak would quickly overcome the pump and submerge the electrical wiring and house battery bank.
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

I guess trying to open a can of worms?
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I guess trying to open a can of worms?
No.... wrong.

Most boats are out of the water this time of year and being prepped for the upcoming season. A good time to do some preventative maintenance (like checking keel bolts) on all boats no matter what the make.

I check ours on our Oyster every year and also look for signs of water egress along the keel/hull joint, especially since we had the keel come loose on our Hunter 6 years ago.
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

I actually like bolt on ballast, esp lead stuff bolted on a sturdy stub or onto a grid; with led then encapsulated in glass. Belt and braces.

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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

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No.... wrong.

Most boats are out of the water this time of year ... (Snippage)

I check ours on our Oyster every year and also look for signs of water egress (snip)
"Most boats"??? I think if you check the numbers you'll find that most non-trailerable boats are in the water year round.

And "water egress"? I guess if you're on the hard, you could look for water coming out of the hull? Or do you mean ingress? I let it go the first time...
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

no wonder Hunter have such a bad reputation when one incident gets dragged through the forums for 13 years.
oh wait, bilge water in my logic circuit.
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Re: Hunter Sailboat Abandoned at Sea, Loose Keel Bolts

I agree...this video looks quite old and grainy, a VCR tape....really? early 90's?
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