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Permalink Reply by peter logan whitehouse on June 28, 2010 at 8:55pm
Kiaora wharramites, i am the owner of the capsized tiki 21' Ruru. Kinda strange to come across a forum discussing my miss-adventures!
Anyway it appears i owe you all an explanation. Firstly, although i haven't owned ruru for long i am not a novice
sailor and my wharram
claim to fame is that i actually learnt to walk on a Tangaroa 35' that my father built back in 1970.
Conditions on the day were 25/30 knot
NE winds with heavy gusts close to shore. Both hulls were very lightly loaded and i was single
handed. I was still carrying full sail and was sheeted in hard sailing as close to the wind
as possible trying to get clear of a narrow ,rocky seaway (Opito bay area). i was sitting on the outside of the windward hull
. it was a combination of things that led to the capsize
. firstly i was hit by a very heavy gust , this 'bogged' the leeward hull
. because this suddenly slowed that hull down (almost stopped) the windward hull overtook it, instantly bringing the boat beam on to the wind
and swell. At the same time a steep wave lifted the windward hull and up she went. I let the main sheet go but it didn't release as well as it should have.(possibly too small blocks, as well as the angle of guides.)
i ended up in the water
clear of the boat, i quickly un-hooked the outboard
and got it up out of the water ,(a quick squirt of CRC and it was sweet), then swam around and reached under to let the anchor
down as the tide was taking me closer to shore. luckily i didn't have long to wait for a fizz boat to pass by and they called the coast guard. we threw a heavy rope
over the hulls and towed it sideways untill it came back over. the mast
popped off its seat but there was no damage to the rig/sails. i lost
one tiller which has just magically shown up 3 weeks later! as we towed the boat sideways to pull it over, it submerged one hull which filled with water. the other hull was pretty much dry with dry clothes and a smoke!
Anyway, in the light of all you wharram owners out there and in the name of good seamanship i am sure i deserve to be flogged for even being out there single
handed in those conditions. (i'll give you the stick Sam!) The other factor worthy of contributing to the situation is that i am in the middle of a messy divorce and i was only out there to try and blow out a few demons. but now i'm making excuses. i learnt alot. it was me that got the boat in the situation and no design fault of the boat. in fact i now have greater confidance in their beautiful, simple design.
Sorry Sam, at least i got to check on the condition of any oyster
damage (none.) You built a fantastic boat which my kids
are already in love with
great site to find and hopefully i will meet some of you around the bay of islands or at the gathering in january