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Old 31-03-2015, 09:54   #1
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Cat hits reef and sinks

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About 1am today, Monday, sailboat Ranita ended on the reef at West End Roatan.
The weather conditions were blustery and rainy, but not excessive.
Ranita, believed to be flying a French flag had two people on board, who were rescued.
A valiant effort was made by other boaters however they were unable to pull the stricken boat from the rocks.
The boat continues to slowly break up.

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Old 31-03-2015, 10:20   #2
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About 1am today, Monday, sailboat Ranita ended on the reef at West End Roatan.
The weather conditions were blustery and rainy, but not excessive.
Ranita, believed to be flying a French flag had two people on board, who were rescued.
A valiant effort was made by other boaters however they were unable to pull the stricken boat from the rocks.
The boat continues to slowly break up.

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It motored onto the reef? No sails up...
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Old 31-03-2015, 10:46   #3
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It motored onto the reef? No sails up...
I'm gonna presume they were attempting to enter the anchorage in West Bay... The break in the reef there is pretty tight, I doubt many folks sail thru there in anything other than the most idyllic of conditions...

Definitely one of those spots you'd want good light to enter... Looks like they might have put their faith in what some glowing screen was telling them, instead... To go in there after dark, well... Sorry, even if they were following a track they'd laid down previously, just incredibly dumb...

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net is reporting that FOUR yachts have been lost so far this year, in the San Blas Islands alone... Absolutely mind-boggling, in this day and age...

Or, perhaps not... :-)

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Old 31-03-2015, 11:28   #4
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Isn't that generally the lee side of the island. On the rare occasion the wind turns around, the it hits folks by surprise. This was the dive company boat that was neatly anchored just off the beach the day before.

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Other sites are saying the cat broke it's mooring lines and drifted on the reef

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Cats by the very nature of their light design are quite delicate. A steel or alloy monohull could have pounded on the reef for months! But then they are much less roomy and much slower. A choice.
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Re: Cat his reef and sinks

I really don't see this as a cat versus monohull thing - at least, not if both are crusing boats constructed from fiberglass. But you are correct, there aren't many steel sailing catamarans!

PS The title of this thread is a bit misleading (atlhough perhaps popular with those who would like to believe that all cats sink): it does not appear that the Catana pictured has sunk.
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Other sites are saying the cat broke it's mooring lines and drifted on the reef
Ahhh, that makes much more sense, thanks...
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Re: Cat his reef and sinks

I guess we all have our own definitions of sinking. To me that would involve the boat going under the water.
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Can we say it foundered?
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Re: Cat his reef and sinks

curious as to how crew reportedly on board could not save boat when mooring parted.
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Thread Drift Warning! Regarding boats being lost in San Blas, I don't find it surprising. Cruising those waters I've heard of boats dismasted at anchor by sudden squalls ('Culos de Pollo'); seen boats that hit a reef and were salvaged, known of boats that were wrecked completely trying to make a narrow gap in the coral. Even with the new-ish guidebook which gives endless lists of waypoints, keeping a sharp eye out is paramount, since some passes have mere feet to spare on either side. A fellow once complained that the GPS was always wrong there--turns out he had it set to an Egyptian datum! Anyway, like San Blas, much of the Bay Islands have pretty narrow, tight channels, and even a seasoned skipper can get in trouble with the slightest lapse of attention.
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No it did not completely sink did not post it for that. It's not a will cat sink or a Mono is better. Don't care.

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curious as to how crew reportedly on board could not save boat when mooring parted.
They were asleep, probably not too concerned with an anchor alarm?

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Cats by the very nature of their light design are quite delicate. A steel or alloy monohull could have pounded on the reef for months! But then they are much less roomy and much slower. A choice.
Yep. A well built steel boat might survive longer. But alloy is said to be very vulnerable in contact with hard/rough bottoms like rock and coral.

A cat can be easier to rescue as it can at times be dragged off the reef. A cat is also easy to support once you get it off the reef.

A metal boat may take more pounding before the hull disintegrates, but they are way more difficult to dislodge and, most often, sink as soon as you drag them of the reef.

As you said it, a choice.

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