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Old 07-02-2014, 17:10   #1
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What went wrong here?

I am a newbie. I do not have a boat yet and need to understand why no sail on this cat. Why was the rescue needed as the boat seemed to be ok. Ok = not sinking, not turned over. If the engine breaks is a cat disabled?

Again - just trying to understand.

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Old 07-02-2014, 17:24   #2
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Re: What went wrong here?

No explanation provided. The mainsail looks like it is there, but furled. Cannot tell if maybe the jib is furled or is actually missing.

Without knowing who the crew of the boat is and their experience, it is impossible to say why they are abandoning in the video.
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Old 07-02-2014, 17:28   #3
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Alpha 42 "Be Good Too" rescue 300 miles off Cape Henry Merged
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Old 07-02-2014, 23:55   #4
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There was a very long thread at SA discussing this. Seems like both rudders were damaged when the boat was stopped at the top of a large wave and slid backwards down the wave. One was spinning freely out of control and the other jammed. The boat would only go in a circle under power. Then the alternator stopped charging the battery bank and increasing bad weather was forecast, not uncommon for winter in the North Atlantic. The owner made the decision with a very experienced delivery captain and crew on board. It is always easy to look back and say they could have toughed it out but the bottom line seemed to be the owner wanted to leave even in a not so great weather window on a new boat and ran into trouble.

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Old 08-02-2014, 05:03   #5
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Re: What went wrong here?

Thanks guys - yep, if the steering goes out because of damaged rudders with a bad storm coming I guess it is time to abandon ship. If they weathered the storm and the seas calmed can rudders be fixed while in the water?
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Thanks guys - yep, if the steering goes out because of damaged rudders with a bad storm coming I guess it is time to abandon ship. If they weathered the storm and the seas calmed can rudders be fixed while in the water?

Not if you properly develop your skills. They could have removed both rudders and done several things: rigged temporary rudders, trailed their anchor rhode, trailed a drouge, steered by sails.

If you read the other thread there were a bunch of mistakes by the owner and crew. Most notably, this boat had been having significant build and design issues and the set out to sea without a proper shake down.
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