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Old 24-05-2016, 18:58   #1
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Boat lost adrift in Pacific

I'm reaching out to see if anyone knows of a registry of 'lost & found' boats. The boat in question is a Westsail 32, named 'TLC'. She was left adrift 520 miles south of Easter island, abandoned in late December 2011. A malfunction of the back stay affected steering though Thomas L. Corogin persisted two days attempting to jury rig and sail to Chile. Failing that, he called for aid and was pulled aboard a freighter. The boat was left adrift but with the main hatch left open. Corogin had assumed he would be allowed to go back to retrieve personal items. That did not happen. The Chilean Navy met the freighter and he was brought ashore.

My connection to the boat is that it was my family's boat with interior built by my dad, named 'Running Free', and a name appropriate for a boat we believe may still be doing just that! Westsail boats are tough and we imagine it might have landed somewhere. Tom Corogin passed away in Nov. 2015 but our family still wonders of what happened to our boat. If anyone has any ideas of how to find her, greatly appreciated.
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Old 25-05-2016, 04:45   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, 5x.
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Hi, welcome aboard! I can't help you with your question but I just wanted to add that I knew Tom Corrigan as he was the owner of Harbor Park Marina in Port Clinton Ohio where I dock my boat. I remember seeing the boat at the marina. Are you related to him? Sounds like your family was the prior owner of the boat.
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Just had another thought. I remember talking to Tom Corrigan in 2014 after he lost the boat. He had been in contact with the Chilean Navy that rescued him and they told him that with the prevailing currents and winds they thought there was a good chance that if the boat survived it would wash up on the southern Chilean coast. But that's a large area!
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Re: Boat lost adrift in Pacific

Oh man- I hope it can be found. This liveaboards forum may not get the most broad reach of viewership as other forums. But not sure where the most appropriate place to put the word out would be.
Best of luck- it would be wonderful if someone were to spot it out there.


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Old 26-05-2016, 07:43   #6
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Re: Boat lost adrift in Pacific

Two other thoughts. I remember talking to Tom Corrigan in 2014 after he lost the boat. He had received a phone call from the US Coast Guard at least a year after the accident at sea and they indicated that a signal had been received from his EPIRB which would indicate the boat may still be afloat at that time.
Also, he told me that he had been in contact with the Chilean Navy that rescued him and they indicated that if the boat survived long enough there was a good chance that prevailing winds and currents would push the boat towards the southern Chilean coast. That's a large area!
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If anyone has any ideas of how to find her, greatly appreciated.
Fly to Chile, get two MTBs and some trekking equipment and scout every mile of the coast. Talk to shoreside villagers and policemen. With so much of the coast being rock and not accessible, and zero certainty that the boat ended up there, I would call this an exercise in vain.

Hugo Boss has recently popped up in Patagonia I think.

You can try talking to Taverna del Puerto and ask if they have any Chilean members. Then ask these members for ideas.

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...... a signal had been received from his EPIRB which would indicate the boat may still be afloat at that time......
Yes, that is a reasonable assumption. There are two types of EPIRB ... those that are activated manually, and those that activate automatically when immersed. In the first case (and I think most likely), it means somebody activated it, so was probably aboard the boat and was fiddling with it. In the second case, the boat may have been sinking and the EPIRB acivated when it was immersed. This type is usually set to self release and float.

You may be able to contact the Coast Guard and get the coordinates from when it activated. If they can find the incident and will pass on the details, they should also be able to advise which type of EPIRB it was.
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Re: Boat lost adrift in Pacific

Westsails are tough ole Gals for sure, but four and a half years at sea, especially with an open hatch is a long time.
I'm afraid she is gone.
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Westsails are tough ole Gals for sure, but four and a half years at sea, especially with an open hatch is a long time.
I'm afraid she is gone.
On the balance of probabilities it would be crackers to spend a cracker sess{arching for this boat.

If it2 is still at sea with the hatch open the interior will be destroyed.
More likely is its on the bottom of the sea if the EPIRB self activated.
If someone set the EPIRB off themselves they are now the owner of the boat.

There are romantic notions about ghost sailing ships but 500nms SE of Easter Island, 4.5 years, a rocky coast on any landfall?

BTW 500nms SE of Easter Island is 1,500nms from the Chile coast... that's 3,000 nms.



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I'm reaching out to see if anyone knows of a registry of 'lost & found' boats.
Well, first off, the short answer to this question is: No, there is no such "lost and found" registry. In the maritime vernacular, when you find an abandoned boat, you "salvage" it. In essence, this gives you a claim to some percentage of the value of the boat ranging from very little up to, possibly, its entire value.

That said, I see two possibilities here: 1) Someone found and salvaged the boat, and are now happily using it. There would be virtually no way to find them, or the boat, at this point. 2) The boat sank or broke up on a rocky shore somewhere. Personally, I think this is the much more likely scenario.

Probably not the answer that you were hoping for, but there it is.
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