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Old 25-05-2015, 00:34   #46
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

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Actually if they were attempting to patch the damage, it more likely the hole was in the main hull as they wouldn't be able to access inside buoyancy compartments. Or holed in both. What's the construction down there 44? Solid glass or cored? I guess cored because of the flat panel construction method?

They wouldn't have been able to access the buoyancy chambers from the inside (Unless that boat had hatches to access them) but I expect it was the inside of the forward accommodation part of the hulls they attempted to patch.
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Old 25-05-2015, 01:16   #47
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

The sarcasm stems from years of self appointed "experts" like jedi constantly telling us cat's will flip, break up, sink, etc etc etc etc at the slightest provocation.


Thankfully due to the design and construction, this boat can be easily and cheaply repaired. Hopefully the crew can recover as well as the boat can, and will be able to continue living their dream.
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Old 25-05-2015, 02:35   #48
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

my guess, they motored in reverse. this movement would raise bows little bit and lessen water levels inside.

Not bad save at all
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Old 25-05-2015, 03:25   #49
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

Mmm we have just spent a few months sailing around Malaysia and Thailand and l was amazed at how old most people living and sailing around the region are, l am not that young either....

I have commented several times that the elderly people on the water are an inspiration to us all.

Get well soon and get back out there 😀


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Mmm we have just spent a few months sailing around Malaysia and Thailand and l was amazed at how old most people living and sailing around the region are, l am not that young either....

I have commented several times that the elderly people on the water are an inspiration to us all.

Get well soon and get back out there 😀


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very different view on oldies than on land.

if i was investor in retirement homes and buying into idea of babyboomers retiring and going to nursing homes, would get really nervous about this trend.
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

I'm 64 now. at what point should I expect to start losing my sense of humor about this life, like some of you other guys?
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Old 25-05-2015, 04:12   #52
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I really cant figure you out, or maybe I do SMJ! Important is to figure out why hit the reef and in such manner that both hulls got holed?

It was just a little sarcastic humor, probably badly timed on my part. I wish the owners and boat a speedy recovery.
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Or you could just buy a Catamaran 😉


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I'm really missing the joke in this thread

What is funny about this elderly couples loss?
He's in hospital injured and she has cancer.

What's so funny
When I posted my earlier comment about being neutral on the Cat vs. Mono debates, I also said I appreciated good humor when I saw it. So, some comments I read when I first opened this thread to read it, seemed humorous to me then. This was what I responded to initially.

It was only after your comment that I spent the time to go back and read the news accounts about this unfortunate couple's accident and their recovery effort of their cat.

So, now I see that entire incident in a different light.

Here is how I see it now:

It was an unfortunate accident for any sailor (cat or mono).

It is a good example of how even a couple, with some physical limitations, can 'self-rescue' their boat (using plywood and not abandoning ship). I found that admirable.

It is an inspiring example of how even when in later years (older, 70s) some sailors keep on sailing. I also thought it nice that the wife was still sailing despite her other health conditions. This gives new meaning to "sunset cruise."

So, while I understand that there could be some humor seen in this thread, I am not laughing at the couple or their predicament.

Instead, I will remember the original incident (the grounding of the boat) and THIS couple more for the human drama (encountering risk), the example of the human will to overcome obstacles, the admirable human desire to live life to the fullest, and the inspiring example of an "unsinkable sailing couple" rather than an unsinkable boat.

What I do think would be good in instances like this would be if a cruising community came together to help those in need of help.

At this time the best I can do is offer them my sympathy and wishes for a recovery of their boat, and a continued safe and meaningful journey together in life.
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I was not offended in the slightest.

I was just missing the intent of all the jokes given the situation the elderly folk faced.
IMHO unless one followed the posted link to the actual article about the accident one would have no idea that an elderly couple was involved or their personal situation.

Also this is an open forum so who decides what's appropriate? I know we can all vote.
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

I find their story both sad & inspirational. That could be us in just 10 years time. Hats off to their abilities & grit in following their dream. It's sad that they have made the news in such an unfortunate way.

I also understand the frivolity, considering the amount of BS that has been flying around lately by some die hard antagonists & occasional trolls, about the dangers of sailing multihulls.


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About 2 months ago there was a another Cat on the reef just outside Caye Cauker Belize that the the locals are parting out. The owners took off maybe? Something I think I would do also.
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About 2 months ago there was a another Cat on the reef just outside Caye Cauker Belize that the the locals are parting out. The owners took off maybe? Something I think I would do also.
You'd take off? or you'd part out someone else's boat?

Actually, it is common for the locals to do that. One time it happened at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, with the owners aboard, and begging people not to steal stuff off, but they did, anyway.

We've heard of it many places. You've gotta remember, we with out boats and our freedom often seem egregiously wealthy to the locals, American or otherwise.

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You'd take off? or you'd part out someone else's boat?

Actually, it is common for the locals to do that. One time it happened at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, with the owners aboard, and begging people not to steal stuff off, but they did, anyway.

We've heard of it many places. You've gotta remember, we with out boats and our freedom often seem egregiously wealthy to the locals, American or otherwise.

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Sorry I did not write clearly enough for you to understand. I would seriously think about taking off if we sank on a reef in Belize. Our boat is not worth the trouble it would cause us and the locals would love it.
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Re: Cat Hits Reef and Sinks.

I wish the owners a speedy recovery, at least they were out doing what they loved rather than armchair quarterbacking it.
To someone's comment about marking reefs, funny weve seen 2 Mono's stuck up high on reefs here in the Abacos. Except at Great sale cay, there was just a keel and no boat

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