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Old 25-02-2019, 19:41   #1
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Fire off Lee Stocking, Exuma, Bahamas

Every boaters nightmare - fire. We heard a call on 16 asking "if the sailboat 5 miles off of Lee Stocking needed assistance". There was no response. I turned around and saw the smoke. We turned Juno around and began heading for the smoke. We were about 4 miles away. Again calls were made but no response. We then heard that a motor yacht was sending their tender. We continued on. Based on the radio, a couple of other sailboats were also en route.

5 - 10 minutes later the tender reported that they had reached the boat and pulled the solo sailor from his dingy. He had been the only person on board and escaped with no injuries. Sad, but the best outcome possible.

There were two other sailboats in our vicinity. They made no attempt to provide assistance before hearing that the sailor had been rescued.
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Wow. The picture really gives a feeling of distance and danger. Nice of you to head out to assist. Any more details about the incident?
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There were two other sailboats in our vicinity. They made no attempt to provide assistance before hearing that the sailor had been rescued.

"Gee, honey, why don't we turn the VHF off, it's only static and nobody calls us anyway."


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Old 26-02-2019, 15:38   #4
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Wow. The picture really gives a feeling of distance and danger. Nice of you to head out to assist. Any more details about the incident?


None that I have found.
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Old 27-02-2019, 18:25   #5
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The boat was belonging to a Canadian Citizen. 1997 Sun Odyssey 37 feet. Named Agatika.
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Re: Fire off Lee Stocking, Exuma, Bahamas

My understanding is his statement on the fire was he was sitting in his cockpit and the Bimini suddenly caught fire.
Sounded strange, but then I thought that Sunbrella and others like it are actually pure plastic, and may be very flammable.

Maybe he had cockpit lights or other wiring that may have set the Sunbrella ablaze?
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Old 28-02-2019, 04:53   #7
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Georgetown does not even have a land-based fire company. Certainly no rescue fire boat available
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My understanding is his statement on the fire was he was sitting in his cockpit and the Bimini suddenly caught fire.
Sounded strange, but then I thought that Sunbrella and others like it are actually pure plastic, and may be very flammable.

Maybe he had cockpit lights or other wiring that may have set the Sunbrella ablaze?

I once left a large stainless mixing bowl in the cockpit during some boat chores. At some point I threw a terry cloth rag in it that was just damp with water. An hour later I smelled something burning and went to the campanionway to see flames licking up out of the bowl, which had acted as a parabolic mirror in the sun. I gave the bowl away to prevent a future repeat of my stupidity.

Itís possible that something similar happened. But I bet he was grilling and just didnít want to admit it. :P
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My understanding is his statement on the fire was he was sitting in his cockpit and the Bimini suddenly caught fire.
Sounded strange, but then I thought that Sunbrella and others like it are actually pure plastic, and may be very flammable.

Maybe he had cockpit lights or other wiring that may have set the Sunbrella ablaze?
Recently I was checking over the solar panels on my bimini. No serious chafing but a few adjustments will prevent further. After this event I will pay a lot more attention.
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My understanding is his statement on the fire was he was sitting in his cockpit and the Bimini suddenly caught fire.
Sounded strange, but then I thought that Sunbrella and others like it are actually pure plastic, and may be very flammable.

Maybe he had cockpit lights or other wiring that may have set the Sunbrella ablaze?

Thanks for the news. Did he lose the whole boat or just the bimini? Mainsail?
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Boat burned to waterline I believe and I assume sunk, I donít know about sinking, but itís what usually happens
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Lots of guys cook out in the cockpit with their bomb single cylinder propane tops. I know it is speculation but I wouldn’t be surprised either. Glad he made it out alive.
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Flexible solar panels on the Bimini? Iíve heard of some cheap panels doing exactly this... starting a fire on the Bimini.
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The cruisers net in George Town reported three flexible solar panel fires of varying degrees of seriousness, though none as much as this poor fellow.
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Why would a flexible panel cause a fire? Internal short?
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