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Old 11-01-2014, 07:15   #1
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I followed this W32 "Blue Mist" and considered her to be a good boat for sale with a good asking price.

Very Sad.

Sailor rescued by helicopter after boat hits rocks at Piedras Blancas | The Cambrian | SanLuisObispo.com
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Old 11-01-2014, 07:25   #2
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

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Guided only by his cell phone’s GPS through the dark, moonless night, the first-time sailor mistook Piedras Blancas Lighthouse for San Simeon Point and steered his craft eastward.
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Sad indeed for the boat.. hopefully she'll be floated and brought back to her former seaworthiness...
Also.. hopefully he.. and others.. will have learnt that a bit more than a cell phone with GPS is needed when one goes sailing.. like appropriate charts to identify lights/landmarks..
Lucky escape.. wonder if he's related to the 31yrold in the 25ftr
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

Kinda weird -- if he had GPS, how could he mistake the Piedras Blacas Light for San Simeon Point, over 4 miles away? Seems like a mistake one might make without GPS. . . .
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

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I followed this W32 "Blue Mist" and considered her to be a good boat for sale with a good asking price.

Very Sad.

Sailor rescued by helicopter after boat hits rocks at Piedras Blancas | The Cambrian | SanLuisObispo.com
So, what happened with the "indestructable keel-hung" rudder?
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

All that seamanship stuff really is hogwash in this new modern age.

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Guided only by his cell phone’s GPS through the dark, moonless night, the first-time sailor mistook Piedras Blancas Lighthouse for San Simeon Point and steered his craft eastward.
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

I guess in this modern world, one in which "victim" equals "hero", "inevitable" equals "sad".
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So, what happened with the "indestructable keel-hung" rudder?
It encountered a guy who tried to navigate with his cell phone.
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

First time sailor, new boat to him, navigating at night, using nothing but a mobile phone. Recipe for disaster. He's lucky to be alive.
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Kinda weird -- if he had GPS, how could he mistake the Piedras Blacas Light for San Simeon Point, over 4 miles away? Seems like a mistake one might make without GPS. . . .
Cell phones have light sequence id...?
Maybe the screen was to small to read the print..
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Cell phones have light sequence id...?
Maybe the screen was to small to read the print..
They don't, but they have your POSITION.
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They don't, but they have your POSITION.

And you need charts, either electronic or paper to determine where, in relation to the bumpy bits, that position is, vital when coasting.
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They don't, but they have your POSITION.
So how does that help you identify a light flashing 5/30sec's for example if you don't know the lights position..
1 + 1 = 2
1 + Guess = Rock....
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Re: Westsail 32 "Blue Mist" Grounded on Rocks

All things considered I feel sorry for the owner, think we all have made mistakes with our vessels before.

That being said I think the picture illustrates just how tough these boats are, hopefully the guy can pick up his mast, bowsprit, rudder, fix the volleyball sized hole and drive on.
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It was an expensive lesson wasn't it?
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