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Old 28-12-2019, 18:28   #1
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S/V Zingaro Wrecked!!

For anyone who follows James and Kimmi, sad news. They are just fine, and it's miraculous. They had a catastrophic failure of their Crowther Spinthrift 37, 40 nm off the coast of Hawaii, their last few miles of a passage from Kiribati.

Does anyone know if Lock Crowther is still active or reachable?

Here is some blurb about the incident from their Patreon page, and some pics:

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At approximately 2:30am on December 22nd the starboard hull of Zingaro separated from the bridge deck and started tearing away from the boat.

We were approx. 40nm off the South coast of Hawaii's big island with 30kt winds and 20' seas.
Over the course of the next two hours we managed to wrap Spectra lines around the boat and take them to the winches, but with the big seas the lines were parting and cutting into the boat.

The cost guard was notified approx. 4:45am, and they offered a helicopter rescue, which we hesitantly declined. The CG cutter Oliver Berry was briefed and scheduled to depart at 13:00 to assist and possibly transfer us to the boat. Due to sea state the ETA to cover the 170nm was 10pm-3am.

The order was given to 'prepare to abandon ship', and we packed up everything we could (including our water maker) into three bags.

At approximately 9:30pm the cutter arrived (they themselves lost an engine and had many sick crew members from motoring at 23kts into the huge seas) By that time we were able to start the port engine and motor into the Lee of the island, thereby reducing the sea state significantly.
During our scary repair phase, we snapped off the stbd strut and bent the prop shaft 75 deg, so the stbd engine was lost.

Upon the Oliver Berry's arrival it was decided that the sea state was still too high to attempt a tow, and we would continue motoring through the night until it could be reassessed at first light. During the night, the CG transferred 15 gallons of diesel to us via their tender. A bit dangerous in itself. Glow sticks were tied to the jugs in case they were to fall into the water.

We managed to limp in to the Honokohau fuel dock with the CG escort. They were wonderful, and said they were watching our episodes on the way down to us. They told us we were very professional in the way we handled it, and we were actually calming THEM down during our hourly reports over VHF.

Kim and I are proud to say we saved the boat. We worked together like a well-oiled machine, with no time for anything but action. We thought for SURE we would be abandoning Zingaro, so for Her to be in the marina safe... I'm very proud. We never called mayday and didn't pop the EPIRB. We did what we needed to do in a crisis. That said, we learned a bit, and we'll go over that too.
We owe most of the success to the USCG. Without them we would have been in a whole lot more trouble. Everything they did was on point and professional. I couldn't have been more impressed.

Unfortunately the boat is in horrible shape. We will talk more of our plans in the Livestream Sunday.
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Old 28-12-2019, 19:05   #2
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Re: S/V Zingaro down for the count.

**Doh. Lock's been gone for a while. Should have remembered.
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Old 28-12-2019, 19:35   #3
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Design fault or possibly a lack of maintenance?
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Old 28-12-2019, 20:19   #4
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Design fault or possibly a lack of maintenance?
In more than one place? My $$ is on the materials/build technique failure. Perhaps resin to cloth ratio was too scewed in favor of resin and the hull ended up too brittle.
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Old 28-12-2019, 20:39   #5
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wow that's pretty scary stuff. amazing it stayed together long enough to get back. the stresses on cats in that spot must be pretty intense.
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Old 29-12-2019, 09:23   #6
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These boats weren’t made with 20 ft seas in mind
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These boats weren’t made with 20 ft seas in mind


Yet I believe one has circumnavigated twice.
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Old 29-12-2019, 09:31   #8
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My respect level for this couple just went through the overhead. IMO, their response to this crisis shows them in a very positive light.
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goood work kids. you made a damaged boat make port. congratulations. now the real work-- refit and repair and improve the fail points.
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Re: S/V Zingaro down for the count.

Wow, whoever built that with that cross beam (?) notched out almost completely (Pic #1) must have had their head where the sun don't shine....
Is that really what I'm seeing?
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Re: S/V Zingaro down for the count.

What I see is the bolts in the same grain line of a timber , and a bulkhead thar appears to be joined in the middle . I really dont like the transom pic where the beam does not appear to reach the outboard side of the structure, I wonder if this correlates to the broken bulk head picture .
Separation of the glass worries me a little less as with boats of this era quite often the glass was mostly a way to waterproof .
What a piece of seamanship to get back under their own power with out loss of life .
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Wow, whoever built that with that cross beam (?) notched out almost completely (Pic #1) must have had their head where the sun don't shine....
Is that really what I'm seeing?
While I agree with your observation if you follow their videos that boat has traveled a lot of sea miles. They get it done on a very limited budget. I am impressed.
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Re: S/V Zingaro down for the count.

One of my all-time favorite hard scrabble couples on probably one of the crappiest vessels I religiously follow.
Being a belt and suspenders kind of guy that prefers steel between me and the water, I had my concerns.
It is also no surprise to me that they pulled together as they did and managed to save the boat. They are special in their own right.
I will follow this closely and try to be there for them as best as I can.
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Wow, whoever built that with that cross beam (?) notched out almost completely (Pic #1) must have had their head where the sun don't shine....
Is that really what I'm seeing?
I think we are looking at the same thing? That appears to be linear break in a deck beam and a bulkhead which would reek of a construction fault. As an aside, I wouldn't be sticking a hand in that crack with the boat in the water. Some idiots wake might cause some hand damage.
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Good thing they routinely carry spools of Dyneema on that boat.
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