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Old 22-11-2007, 14:07   #1
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You have to see this to believe it!

This boat arrived last night in Vero Beach.
It's been coming south on the ICW with an 80' mast and 7'10" draft.
Each water bag weighs 2000#.






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Old 22-11-2007, 14:11   #2
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That is crazy! But, it is obvious that this guy and his crew really know their boat and they have this whole procedure down to a science!! Thanks for the find and sharing!
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Old 22-11-2007, 17:18   #3
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Wowthat would be amzing to see crossing under a bridge!!!! I would love to be on it! What a true showing of skill!!!!!!!!!
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Old 22-11-2007, 17:42   #4
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That technique doesn't work nearly as well with a catamaran.
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Old 22-11-2007, 18:32   #5
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Impressive, but strange
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Old 22-11-2007, 18:59   #6
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I wanna see pics of this guy going through the Julia Tuttle Bridge in Miami - clearance is 55 ft.. I bet they go outside for that one. These guys are gnarly!!!
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And to think he went by me yesterday and I didn't catch this act.
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How are they getting the bags to stay out wide like that? Are they using poles? I can't see any.
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Old 22-11-2007, 22:55   #9
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I think the weight of the water as the bags fill causes the boat to heel. They have lines to the bags to limit the horizontal travel. The farther the boat heels, the more lever arm is generated. No pole needed. I suppose they pull the plugs to drain the bags to stand upright.

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If you look closely you can see lines to the bottom of the bags. I'll bet they just winch them back in and up after they get under the bridge.
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I wonder why they chose to run in the ICW verse staying outside? I guess they use this setup as well when they run into shallow water to angle the keel for shorter draw. R they still in Vero?
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Old 23-11-2007, 07:29   #13
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Well at least he's got a good system for getting off when he runs aground.
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Old 23-11-2007, 10:18   #15
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Yes, the captain said they definitely use it when the run aground.
They departed Vero this AM heading south.

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