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If the weather cooperates tomorrow ill head further into the sound and borrow a mooring to go down and check. I really don't want to do it at our marina. There are condoms and a lot of crabs (both kinds probably) in the water.

^ it was right between that Lighthouse at the bottom of City Island and Kings Point. Go through there all the time along with probably hundreds of other boats a week and no issues!
South of stepping stone?
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Re: Hit a rock today

I joined about three weeks ago.

I had a guest at the helm, and we were passing G 13 on the Sakonnet River (Rhode Island) heading south at about 5kts. We were watching another vessel further west of our position. I was familiar enough with the charts to be concerned about increasing the distance from the plotted rock, but I also knew that we should not have been in trouble. Suddenly BANG!, and we slowed drastically. Then BANG!, BANG! BANG! as we continued to bump the rock... Scared the hell out of me, and scared my guest from the wheel. I took over and got us out, then checked the bilge to find all OK. Later that day I dove on the keel, and it looked like nothing happened.

My current theory is that a swell dropped us on top of a ledge...

Here is a pic from the plotter showing where I turned us around and got us out of there.


Here is the log from the chartplotter:
8/11/2013 4:57:29 PM 15 ft 245 ft 0:00:30 5 kt 205° true N41 37.062 W71 13.295
8/11/2013 4:57:59 PM 16 ft 208 ft 0:00:30 4 kt 198° true N41 37.026 W71 13.318
8/11/2013 4:58:29 PM 16 ft 40 ft 0:00:30 0.8 kt 171° true N41 36.994 W71 13.332
8/11/2013 4:58:59 PM 16 ft 55 ft 0:00:30 1.1 kt 331° true N41 36.987 W71 13.331

My boat draws 5.7' not 20'. The chart of the Sakonnet river is WRONG.

However, this stuff happens.
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South of stepping stone?
Yeah if you pull up the chart it was in the cable area right beside the 2 red buoys. The depth gauge was reading 12 the whole time so who knows. I'll be going to the other side of the lighthouse from now on
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the keel hit a submerged rock.


It wasn't the Keel that hit the rock it was YOU!

Don't hit it again


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Re: Hit a rock today

You might want to lift the floorboards near the companionway if there are some, and check the hull/stringer tabbing in the area aft of the keel.. this is usually where the effects of hitting something underway will be evident.

Catalinas are single skin (uncored) hulls, and they will deflect under load.. while in most cases there's little damage to the laminate, the flex can separate the tabbed-in reinforcements, esp in the area immediately aft of the keel itself (assuming fixed keel version)... and yes, welcome to the club....
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Re: Hit a rock today

What year Catalina 25 do you have?

The 1983 and later have a lead keel which is surrounded by sort of a weird sort of foamy fiberglass. This isn't a typical encapsulation, it was done to make the size similar to what was on the iron keeled version.

If you have the lead version I'd dive it to check on that fiberglass.

I'd also check the keel/hull joint closely on the next haul out. THere is a wooden stub between the keel and hull that you don't want to have get damp, or you'll end up with the Catalina Smile (lots of work to fix).
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Re: Hit a rock today

Yeah I'll definitely dive down and check it out. The weather is supposed to be pretty violent tomorrow though. If there was no leaks anywhere it should be okay to leave for a couple days? 20 kt gusts doesn't seem like great diving weather.
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You guys are awesome by the way
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Re: Hit a rock today

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^ it was right between that Lighthouse at the bottom of City Island and Kings Point. Go through there all the time along with probably hundreds of other boats a week and no issues!

The lighthouse you refer to is Steppingstone light
which is south of City Is. One must stay
north of the lighthouse, and always out of the triangle
(and steppingstone rocks)
formed by the lighthouse and the red nuns #2 and #4
very close to Kings Point, or one can pass south of
#2 and #4 in the narrow channel near Kings Point.

Did you pass you north or south of 2 red nuns?
At what stage was tide, thinking not low but
most likely falling.
Would be very concerning if you were south of
2 red nuns, as should be 10 plus feet there at
low tide.
Our marina is Steppingstone just to the
east of the red #2 ...come p.u. a guest mooring and say hello.

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Re: Hit a rock today

I'm not sure exactly where we were as I turn off the tracker when we're motoring but I'm thinking we hit the area right to the west of 2 and 4. The tide was going out but it was extra high today so I (wrongly) wasn't worried.

I'm going to see if I can drop my phone down and take some video tomorrow in lieu of diving.

And awesome! I'll have to try and stop by one weekend. I'm at Worlds Fair.
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