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Old 08-05-2024, 15:21   #1
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Catamaran abandoned on the way from Queensland to New Caledonia

https://karryon.com.au/industry-news...escue-pacific/

The story says they were dismasted but the photos show an intact rig with what looks to be a tattered furling headsail (furled) and a dropped mainsail. But they called Mayday and abandoned the boat. Weird
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FxyKty that seems a weird story, the photo shows a boat that seems seaworthy? Hopefully they have left the AIS switched on and someone can salvage her before she drifts onto a reef.
Can someone remind me of the salvage laws. That cat looks just too good to sail past and not try and salvage. My family would be stoked if we started the cruise in our 32-foot yacht and ended up with a 40-foot cat. Heck at the least my teenage son would like to "acquire" the inflatable dinghy and Honda outboard. I wonder if there's any steaks or ice cream in the freezer?
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Re: Catamaran abandoned on the way from Queensland to New Caledonia

The catís disabled, they need to be rescued, they are abandoning the boat and they still put out fenders?
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Thats good Don, I don't want to have to pay for a respray on the topsides of my new cat!
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The catís disabled, they need to be rescued, they are abandoning the boat and they still put out fenders?
That makes me think they know the boat can be saved (and are hoping someone will), but that they're out of ability to do it themselves for whatever reason.
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The catís disabled, they need to be rescued, they are abandoning the boat and they still put out fenders?
Cruise Ship personnel May have asked them to put out some fenders.

Anyway, it still blows my mind the mentality of some people to take to the sea without a real plan... just a radio.
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https://karryon.com.au/industry-news...escue-pacific/

The story says they were dismasted but the photos show an intact rig with what looks to be a tattered furling headsail (furled) and a dropped mainsail. But they called Mayday and abandoned the boat. Weird
The article doesn't state that they were dismasted.


"The wayward sailors, two men and a woman, were on a voyage from Queensland to Noumea when their yacht faced a perilous situation with a broken mast and power loss, leaving them stranded at sea for three days."

The mast doesn't need to be down to be un-sailable. The fenders were likely courtesy to the P&O vessel, whether requested or volunteered.
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Re: Catamaran abandoned on the way from Queensland to New Caledonia

The article in the link says they were stranded for 3 days. Psychologically, that must have been weird. Maybe someone essential had a medical issue? [We have a friend, a singlehander, who got a detached retina on a return trip to NC...But he got his boat close enough for the lifeboat to bring out crew to him, and him to hospital for eye surgery. Now, the Admiral requires him to take crew on offshore passages, a mixed blessing.]

It is not uncommon for people to not be good at figuring out ways to use what they have.

The winds between NC and Oz have been light up there for the last week or so, but might have been fair enough to move the cat on main alone, enough to go back to NC or proceed to Oz. Maybe didn't secure the halyard properly and couldn't climb the mast? Maybe damage to the mast that doesn't show in the photo.

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Now you know why it is getting harder to get insurance.
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Interestingly enough on a recent voyage on the Queen Elizabeth we passed and circled a large dismantled catamaran on the second day on a voyage to New caledonia the vsl was missing part of the stbd fwd hull but floating well,it had been abandoned over a year ago ,crew rescued in tact ,good chance for salvage.
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...It is not uncommon for people to not be good at figuring out ways to use what they have....

I think that sums it up. Obviously there was enough rig to set some sail, and the rudders were working. Loosing power is not an emergency, that 's just really inconvenient. Heck, no satellite link! Danger!


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Re: Catamaran abandoned on the way from Queensland to New Caledonia

That is strange. Taken aboard and checked over fine so no medical issues. Now, how to I get there before drew does?
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^^^^^^Mate, you should have left hours ago, but remember you have to check out here, first! Gotta make the ABF appointment first. It's not as simple as it once was! Might take a drone to use to locate it, too. From on deck at sea level, you can see only about 4 nautical miles. Might see the mast a bit farther away, depends on light conditions, and whether the top of it is gone. Condition of mast is not known to us now.

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Having experienced unpleasant conditions on the passage BNE / Noumea , at this time of year , I have sympathy for crew of this vessel. Today , my concerns are the suitability of f.g. cats in tough conditions . Too many models are really for sheltered waters , short term charter . Offshore is a whole different set of conditions. Feelin' lucky , should not be in it !
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I imagine there are two scales to consider:

1: Scale of possibility to save the boat
2: Scale of risk to life and limb for crew

Abandon ship comes when some combination of those reaches the captain's limit. That limit is almost certainly different for everyone.
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