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Old 17-08-2018, 18:02   #1
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Collision on the Severn

Nine survive boat collision in Chesapeake Bay - Capital Gazette

Props to the J/105 for holding this boat up lol.
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Amazing no one got hurt
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Report says it left a sizable dent.
I can imagine so.
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Guessed that 30 ft tall said needed to be neon green to be seen
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Oops nowhere near the Severn not sure why I said that. But even stranger that it happened where it did. I suspect that charter captain may lose his six pack...
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Re: Collision on the Severn

You can see the boom has been torn off the mast, good deal everyone is safe. I bet the fwd corner of the mainsail is trashed.

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The sailboat named "Levitation" and powerboat "The Hunter" both seem very fitting in this situation.
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Was it a singlehander sleeping..
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Was it a singlehander sleeping..
Yep, all nine of them!

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Re: Collision on the Severn

WOW!
Amazing that no one was injured or killed, as that is common in collisions like this.
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On a lighter note...

I saw a few comments that are in a humorous vein:

(David Attenborough voice) “ The female sailboat raises her sails in the hope of attracting the noisy, more aggressive male motor boat .....”

“That sailboat came out of nowhere”

“That sailboat was traveling too fast...”

Power Boat: “Our autopilot did not see the sailboat.”

Accident caused by poor visibility due to beer.
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It's disgusting! So lucky no one was killed.
This nearly happened to me once, it was incredibly close, I'm talking a couple meters, really scary stuff. A complete idiot driving a boat full of Chinese tourists.
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Wondering how fast the powerboat was moving. I considered that they were trolling but trolling speed for stripers (excuse me, rockfish) is 2.5-3 knots. On more than one occasion Iíve seen fishing charters on the bay where the boat is toodling along and the captain is baiting a hook and everyone is staring at the lines.

I suppose if the 105 were heeled over the power boat could have ridden up like that at trolling speed. Hard to visualize though. If the powerboat was moving at cruising speed one would expect more damage but I suppose they could have throttled down at the last moment.
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its nice to see they have their life jackets on
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Re: Collision on the Severn

I nearly suffered a similar collision a couple years ago. Luckily at low speed. I had some choice words for the powerboat skipper, asking how he could miss a Fng 45' mast. He, of course, "wasn't at fault" and berated me for using that language in front of his son and wife, at which time I confirmed for him that indeed he was a Fng idiot, just in case his wife and son weren't sure. He threatened to come teach me a lesson, and indeed was invited to do so, but apparently it was bravado and he declined to follow through. I later discovered that this nutball had been kicked out of three marinas because he is an idiot and loudmouth. I've not seen him since, so I assume he got kicked out of the fourth and final marina available in our port.


These morons are everywhere. A friend who owned a 30s vintage wood cruiser was showing his buddy how the radar worked while at anchor at night in a 5mph zone. He noted a fast moving powerboat headed toward them on the radar, giving them just enough time to take cover before being rammed, holed, and sunk.


There is of course the notorious breakwall for our port, which claims a couple powerboats every year. There is a lesson in this: 1980s Sea Rays are built like brick shiphouses and can take a good ramming on stone; newer and lesser boats not so much.



Then, there was several 4th of Julys ago when I awoke to see a 35' cabin cruiser fully aground on a small island. He'd left the bar, put the boat up on plane almost immediately, crossed no more than 100' in front of me, and placed the boat square on the island. In the morning the skipper and his father (the actual owner) were surveying the damage when the father yelled at a couple taking photos from a dinghy. "What the F* are you looking at?" screamed the father. In response he got the finger, since the answer should have been readily apparent. Not one to let a situation like this go, I dinghyed over and took some photos. See below.






While unusual, this type of event isn't a freak, it's simply prevented by the expanse of available water. For the sake of argument, it's my opinion that 50% of power boaters are regularly set up for such an event- it's just that they haven't hit anything yet that keeps us alive.
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Wondering how fast the powerboat was moving. I considered that they were trolling but trolling speed for stripers (excuse me, rockfish) is 2.5-3 knots. <snip>
I suppose if the 105 were heeled over the power boat could have ridden up like that at trolling speed. Hard to visualize though. If the powerboat was moving at cruising speed one would expect more damage but I suppose they could have throttled down at the last moment.



No way he was trolling- he was on plane. A trolling boat would have rammed and pushed, not rode over. He simply wasn't watching where he was going.
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