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Old 18-09-2010, 08:55   #1
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here's a link to an article seen in latitude 38 about a boating incident in Jupiter 2010-09 Jupiter Inlet accident | The TritonFl Any comments about what actually caused this tragic accident?
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Old 18-09-2010, 10:44   #2
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Boater dies at Jupiter Inlet

just saw this in Latitude 38. Any comments on why this happened? Too little speed, prop cavitation, too big a wave? 2010-09 Jupiter Inlet accident | The Triton
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Old 18-09-2010, 10:51   #3
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Jupiter can experience a nasty rip. According to news report, heavy surf and very rough water conditions were reported at the time.
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I'm not meaning to sound callous but the cause is poor seamanship. It's not nature or the boat.

My sincerest sympathies to his loved ones.
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I agree (having run that inlet too many times to count)he was carrying too much speed -should have stayed on back of wave.The boat did well inspite of not being under command
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Maybe I'm missing something. How you you reach these conclusions? I don't see enough information in articles (paragraph!) or photos to make judgments from afar.

I'm a sprightly young 37 and a half, and it's not unheard of for me to lose my footing, so I think perhaps comments about seamanship are unnecessary. Unless YOU are so wonderful you have NEVER tripped on a boat.

My condolences to his family and friends.
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Was he wearing a PFD? If not, he was challenging fate, and the sea "won." Bummer.
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Old 21-09-2010, 02:03   #8
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Was he wearing a PFD? If not, he was challenging fate, and the sea "won." Bummer.
Nah didn't you know that real sailors with experience don't need to wear PFDs......

I've never been in those waters; no idea. But I know that a broach is really powerful and the two times it's happened to me I found myself standing flat footed on a stanchion. Happened really quickly (was my fault, both times) and I probably avoided ones in the past just via dumb luck.
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That is spooky.

He doesn't fall out of the flybridge during the broach but immediately after, probably as the boat is pitching back.

You can see him hanging on to the gunwale for about 3-4 shots and then just can't hold on.

Not too many skippers with a boat like that think about wearing a pfd full time and clipping in.

However, it does make me think about whether a seat belt used just for this kind of bar clearing is not a good idea.

I wouldn't have thought about it. But as a 61 year old charter captain, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on seamanship. Sometimes snot happens.

It is also not clear to me if the surf is passing the boat or vis versa.
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inflatable pfd's they are less restrictive and more likely worn. I never wore jackets before but these are so easy ro wear I often have it on. Uneccessary and sad
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