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Old 12-11-2017, 18:26   #1
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Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

In case you have not seen these clips. Pretty scary stuff, I hope they manage to save the boat. A testament to the boat that it has remained floating albeit stern down with so much water onboard.

Here are a couple of Youtube videos of the catamaran "Sailing into Freedom" which hit an uncharted reef in the Kimberleys region in NW Australia. I really feel for the captain "Plukky" & his supportive female partner.




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Old 12-11-2017, 19:09   #2
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Re: Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

Oz. you might like to see this thread
Vloggers hit an uncharted rock/reef in the Kimberleys
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Oz. you might like to see this thread
Vloggers hit an uncharted rock/reef in the Kimberleys


Thanks mate, I obviously hadn't seen this one, I will take a look.
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Old 13-11-2017, 04:30   #4
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Re: Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

Sad to see. Could this have helped them remain more seaworthy?
4 ton pneumatic jack. A touch over $100 - rigged to a dive tank when in transit?
Any use?
https://www.amazon.com/Speedmaster-P...82TT0VRKT28JD0
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Sad to see. Could this have helped them remain more seaworthy?
4 ton pneumatic jack. A touch over $100 - rigged to a dive tank when in transit?
Any use?
https://www.amazon.com/Speedmaster-P...82TT0VRKT28JD0
Or better still make sure your boat has a few properly positioned and suitably sized buoyancy compartments.

We are starting to get a list together of unsafe boats.

Lets not add any more.
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Re: Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

What exactly is your complaint?
The cat was seriously holed but remained floating, AFAIK it is still floating.
I believe we can have a serious discussion about seamanship and the desirability of solid glass shoes on the keel.
If you want to take any boat into uncharted waters do not do it at night. Time the tides - extremely important in that part of the world at 8-9 meters.
A monohull would likely have sunk in the same situation.
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Or better still make sure your boat has a few properly positioned and suitably sized buoyancy compartments.



We are starting to get a list together of unsafe boats.



Lets not add any more.


Yep Slug a Crowther holed below the waterline yet still seems to be floating quite well. Better stay behind the computer as there never will be a boat that will meet your expectations.
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Re: Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

Well I hope this hazard to Navigation now gets charted.
Sound advice not to go into poorly or uncharted waters after dark or in bad weather.

You are in good company in hitting uncharted rocks, HM Submarine Anchorite hit a uncharted pinnacle of rock in the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand in the early 60s. It was uncharted, but not unknown because local trawlermen knew about it having fouled their nets on it, but they never reported it.
Well it is now charted, and named "Anchorite Rock"
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So many cruisers now have drone with high quality cameras and are posting on Youtube.
How about CF set up a clearing house for cruiser produced aerial views. There must be lot of stuff that gets taken but not uploaded to Youtube and in any event the Youtube material is not searchable by lat/long.
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Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

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What exactly is your complaint?
The cat was seriously holed but remained floating, AFAIK it is still floating.
I believe we can have a serious discussion about seamanship and the desirability of solid glass shoes on the keel.
If you want to take any boat into uncharted waters do not do it at night. Time the tides - extremely important in that part of the world at 8-9 meters.
A monohull would likely have sunk in the same situation.


Your comments are spot on. A monohull would definitely have gone to the bottom in this situation. This cat did remarkably well to stay afloat stern down providing a stable platform for the crew to remain on & survive in known crocodile infested waters.

Seaslug has a reputation on here for constantly slagging off multihulls that have come to grief through becoming holed by running aground or some other misadventure. I believe his username is a reflection of this bias. Seaslug (possibly a Seawind slag???) Caravan = anti catamarans in general.

I totally agree with your comments about navigation in uncharted waters at night.
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Your comments are spot on. A monohull would definitely have gone to the bottom in this situation. This cat did remarkably well to stay afloat stern down providing a stable platform for the crew to remain on & survive in known crocodile infested waters.

Seaslug has a reputation on here for constantly slagging off multihulls that have come to grief through becoming holed by running aground or some other misadventure. I believe his username is a reflection of this bias. Seaslug (possibly a Seawind slag???) Caravan = anti catamarans in general.

I totally agree with your comments about navigation in uncharted waters at night.
He also claims to own a catamaran, which presumably must have superb buoyancy and stability, the type of boat many would buy in a minute if they only knew what it was....

But he refuses to say.

Supposedly he starts these threads so we can learn from them. But he constantly refuses to name the boat he chose for it's superiority. Although to be honest, I suspect his boat has four legs and a chair.....
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He also claims to own a catamaran, which presumably must have superb buoyancy and stability, the type of boat many would buy in a minute if they only knew what it was....



But he refuses to say.



Supposedly he starts these threads so we can learn from them. But he constantly refuses to name the boat he chose for it's superiority. Although to be honest, I suspect his boat has four legs and a chair.....


Yes, everyone would be queuing up to buy one of these superior multis.

Love your last comment about his boat having four legs & a chair.🤣
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Re: Catamaran hits uncharted reef NW Australia

This is not a cat vs mono comment as I love both.... but a full keeled, steel built hull like mine, would probably have come off of that reef mostly unscathed.
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Go to this guys YouTube channel " sailing into freedom " and click on the subscribe button ! It doesn't cost anything to subscribe and YouTube pays Peter for views , likes and subscribers ! This can help him get the funds to get back on his feet so to speak ! Watch his videos , they are very entertaining and give them a thumbs up !
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Let's be clear here, it's the slug who is compiling a list. This is a solo vendetta.

I can't see one person in support.
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