Ok ...here is the story
1st March 2013, 05:50 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: Leopard 43 Sinks
I checked with the USCG and this was not a Leopard 43, but a 2006 Leopard 46 (hull 005).
This was the second time the yacht was involved in an accident
in less than a year. Back in 2011 the yacht hit a reef in the eastern Caribbean
but was able to ‘limp’ back to Ft Lauderdale where she was repaired at Lauderdale Marine
Center. I don’t know if that was with the same crew or not.
I am quite surprised that the Captain
did not feel any impact when they hit ‘something’. If you ever hit the dock
at low speed, you feel the whole boat shake, I would expect an impact like this would throw one out of his bunk, or at least the helmsman would notice.
A few years ago another Leopard 46 catamaran
went over a reef in Cuba
and lost most of both keels / rudders, had a few holes in the bottom but did not go down and managed to sail back to FL for repairs
. The pdf file is posted on this forum under "Leopard catamarans"
Below the Captain’s report:
…As delivery captain
of the sailing catamaran
“Palenque”, we departed Barefoot Cay, Roatan, Honduras
, bound for Provodenciales in the Turks and Caicos
on Tuesday, 27 November, 2012 at 0600 Local Time (UTC -6). On board were the following crew members:
Dale Cheek, US Passport #
Leonard T, US Passport #
Richard W, US Passport #
Anneli the Seadog, US Canine
At approximately 2345 on 28 Nov, 2012 I was awakened from my bunk by the on-watch crew member
, Rick W, who reported that the bilge pump
indicator light was remaining ON longer than usual. When I got out of my bunk I immediately saw the cabin sole
was awash in both the forward and aft cabins. I awoke the other crew member, Len T, and set him to work on the manual bilge pump
. I instructed Rick, at the helm
, to move the throttle to NEUTRAL and to come below to assist with the issue. I closed all the below-the-waterline seacocks in the starboard hull
. Briefly we used the two shower
pumps to extract the water
, but this proved fruitless. The water
level continued to rise. I entered the sea with snorkel gear
and underwater flashlight to assess the problem. On the outer side of the starboard hull
just forward of the leading edge of the keel
, I noticed a large area (approx. 1 sq mtr) of exposed foam coring and obvious sign of heavy impact as seen in the scraped bottom paint
. The exposed foam started just below the waterline and extended down to the monolithic laminations at the centerline of the hull.
I exited the water and at approximately 0045 on 29 Nov, 2012 I activated all of our emergency
apparatuses which included a 406 MHz EPIRB
, a SPOT transender, and a DSC VHF emergency
alert. I attempted to call the boat owner on his cell phone
by the boat’s satphone, but was unable to connect. I called my roommate in Florida
to make initial shore contact. At approximately 0100 I received a satphone call from the Spot Coordination Center verifying the emergency.
We decided to attempt to maneuver the genoa
sail over the hull damage. While again snorkeling overboard
to effect this, I heard a low flying aircraft overhead at approx. 0155. When the sail maneuver proved unworkable and I exited the water which, by this time, had flooded the starboard engine
room and was washing
. Len reported that the CG had called to verify names and situation. I gave the “prepare to abandon ship” order. At approximately 0230 we, including the dog, abandoned ship for the life raft.
Safely in the raft, we cut the painter connecting us to “Palenque”. By this time she was down heavily by the stern with water flooding the interior
. Within 5 minutes more, the deck
light was extinguished and we could no longer see her.
Thanks to a waterproof VHF
, we were able to communicate with the US Navy
P3 Orion aircraft overhead and the container vessel “Cap Domingo” which the P3 had instructed to come for us. By 0f400 we all four were safely aboard the “Cap Domingo”.
Captain Dale’s bio can be seen online: http://www.stocksyachtservice.com/wp...Dale_Cheek.pdf
Peter Wiersema, CPYB
Leopard Catamarans new and pre owned
Leopard Catamaran Salesman of the Year 2003 - 2012
Mobile +1 954 260 4913