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Old 21-01-2017, 16:09   #1
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Abandoned Alpha 42 #1 Found on Shores of Scotland

http://www.wavetrain.net/news-a-view...ch-in-scotland

BE GOOD TOO RETURNS: My Favorite Abandoned Catamaran Appears On a Beach in Scotland



How the worm turns! I posted my account of how I and three others abandoned the Alpha 42 catamaran Be Good Too 300 miles off North Carolina exactly three years ago today. And now here I am come to report she has just washed up on a beach in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. I couldn’t believe it at first. A guy named Jef on the island of South Uist sent me the photo you see above just yesterday, plus a few others, and asserted he thought it must be Be Good Too. The only similarity I saw was in the reverse destroyer bows. Other than that it was impossible to say if it was the same boat or not.

We kept slinging e-mail back and forth and eventually he sent me this link here to a BBC TV news account (in Gaelic, if you can believe it) that leaves no doubt as to the boat’s identity. Here are some relevant screen shots:



Be Good bows

This was at low tide, as opposed to the high-tide shots I first received. The distinctive orange and grey hashmarks on the bow are a dead giveaway



Be Good transom

And of course, there’s no arguing with the name on the transom!

Be Good bottom



The full rear view. The keels are gone. Those bothersome rudders that gave us so much trouble are gone. One saildrive leg is gone. And it appears the cabinhouse (not to mention the rig) is gone too. It looks like she’s probably been upside down for a long time

To give you a frame of reference, here are a couple of shots of healthy Alpha 42s:



Alpha hull 2

This is hull number two, Lucy2, which I met in Bermuda later the same year. She is now for sale, in case you’re interested



Alpha hull 4

And this is hull number four out of the water, so you can see what the bottom is supposed to look like. I toured hull number three, Platypus, at Annapolis two years ago and was impressed by how much the build quality had improved compared to our boat, hull number one

Just for the record, I should report too that one of the owners of the boat, Gunther Rodatz, has passed away since we had our adventure together. I heard he and his wife Doris took the insurance money they got from the loss of Be Good Too, immediately bought another production cat, and at least got in one season together in the Caribbean before Gunther died.

I’ve reached out to Doris, but so far no luck.

And as long as we’re discussing abandoned catamarans, I must mention that Gunboat 55 hull number one Rainmaker--which was 1) abandoned off North Carolina just a year (in January even) after we abandoned Be Good Too; 2) recovered as a hulk just off Bermuda a little over a year later; and 3) recently sold at auction--has just been delivered to the UK, where she is undergoing a total refit.



Rainmaker hull

Rainmaker at the Multihull Centre in England, where she will be made as good as new

I only wish Be Good Too could be so lucky!
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Re: Abandoned Alpha 42 #1 Found on Shores of Scotland

Wow, not even one response, I read this event, what a bad situation to be in.

I am assuming that you and the owner of the company are probably not doing lunch these days...



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Rebuild Rainmaker? Why bother?
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Wow, not even one response,
Probably because everyone else is reading the other thread on the same subject which has been running for several days:

Abandoned catamaran "Be Good Too" found 3 years later
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Rebuild Rainmaker? Why bother?
Someone got a very well made pair of carbon fibre hulls for around $10,000. It's worth the bother.
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Probably because everyone else is reading the other thread on the same subject which has been running for several days:

Abandoned catamaran "Be Good Too" found 3 years later
Oh fer cryin out loud, how'd I miss that? I thought it weird no one had posted it up yet
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You must be amazed that she was found!
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Not my boat. It's a posted article.
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I met a fellow here in Mexico who runs a yacht brokerage north of St. John"s Newfoundland. He said part of his business was tracking down owners and insurance companies for abandoned yachts that had floated north from Cape Hatteras. He spoke only of monohauls. Perhaps multihulls go east. Go figure.
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I wonder why it was abandoned.
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Alpha 42 "Be Good Too" rescue 300 miles off Cape Henry Merged
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I wonder why it was abandoned.
"BE GOOD TOO" was hull #1 and it had no rudder stops.
Hit a big wave that pushed her backwards and cause both rudders to barn door sideways and bend their rudder stocks.

They could not fix the rudders or anything as they had little to no tools.

She would only sail or motor in circles.

MayDay MayDay.

Take the cooler of beer in the Coast Guard Heli ride home,
See Ya later "BE GOOD TOO" We are out of here.
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