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Old 18-09-2016, 12:25   #1
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Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

In August of 2008 a 12.50 meter yacht left Noumea, bound for Australia, with two aboard. The yacht vanished without trace, apparently in bad weather. I am interested in learning more about the vessel itself, in terms of material and format of build/ model etc. I attach a link to one of the stories of the incident, and also a photo of the vessel in question. Can anyone identify it for me?

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Looks like a Morgan OI 41

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Old 18-09-2016, 13:57   #3
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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

From the photo is it some version of MORGAN OUT ISLAND 41, there have been at least 6 over the decades.

Based on the number of windows I'd say it was the sloop version of this: MORGAN OUT ISLAND 41 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

fiberglass hull and deck, aluminum mast

I don't think the hull was cored, but the deck probably was.

Since it was designed for the charter market in the Caribbean that drove a lot of design features:

Maximum interior volume and number of berths, thus the hull shape became a bit bathtub shaped.
Full keel with shallow draft which is good for inexperienced charterers in the relatively shallow Caribbean.
Comparatively small sail area. A plus for inexperienced charters in an area where good winds are the norm during chartering season.
As a consequence of the above it doesn't go to weather that well but doesn't need to as relatively little of the sailing in the Caribbean is upwind.
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Old 18-09-2016, 14:02   #4
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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

Agree that it was a Morgan Out Island 41. Suggest the article got the length wrong. Good luck with your research.

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Old 19-09-2016, 01:04   #5
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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

Yes. This looks correct. Thanks Ann, Adelie, and Fiveslide.
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Its a fairly common event for small boats to disappear at sea. Probably as many reasons as there are boats out there sailing.
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Blessed Be is most definitely a Morgan Out Island 41 sloop.
I knew the previous owner and have been aboard the boat.
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Any reason for your interest in this particular boat loss?

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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

I remember reading about one found on a submerged reef found by divers from another yacht that stopped at the reef.

You must google more probably you will find the story in more detail.

I think the reef was between Noumea and Aus. But the event seemed before 2006.

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Its a fairly common event for small boats to disappear at sea. Probably as many reasons as there are boats out there sailing.
is it really?
I've only heard of a few here and there during my 40 years....
Planning to go Aus to Noumea next year with hubby and kids. My nervous factor just upped a little.
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Its a fairly common event for small boats to disappear at sea. Probably as many reasons as there are boats out there sailing.
No, its no longer common for a boat to disappear without a trace. With Epirbs and Satphones, boats that used to disappear are more often rescued.
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I can think of several that have done just that.. disappeared without trace in the N Atlantic alone.. and a few in the Pacific in the last 3-5 years.. from 70footers down..
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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

What Don said.... ^^^^

Yachts still disappear 'without trace' but most times we have an idea of what may have happened, the unwell singlehander who succumbs the day after their last report, severe weather in the area and the yacht is dealt a crushing and fatal blow in the dark.

The days of yachts being 'posted missing' when they don't turn up at the far end are , thankfully, mostly over but still do occur.

The cause that is rarely considered is the propane explosion... sudden, devastating, and with limited chance of anybody activating the EPIRB... just a thought.
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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

Had fun times on that boat in 1999! A pretty lady named Jessica owned it when I was in La Paz, Mx. A few yrs later I heard she lost the rig somewhere in Polynesia only 100 nm's from landfall.


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Re: Lost yacht Blessed Be: Model and Material?

Morgan are pretty tough for what their target market was. In the middish 70's there was a race from Florida to Columbia that a crew in a Morgan OI 41 entered partially as a lark, and partly to get weather info and routing ideas. The fleet sailed into a hurricane and most boats did not finish, and none finished less than 3 days ( as I recall ) behind the Morgan. They said it was pretty windy, but the boat was so stable that they were able to carry some sail all the way. The racing boats reported days under bare poles. I believe the article I read was in Sail, but back then I read a lot of racing magazines.
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