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Re: Sail boat crashes and starts sinking after hitting a bridge!

wow that's some strong current.. where was this? anyone know?

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well it looks like it was saved, you see 1 guy right away right away. Get on the keel, so I guess they would know how to right the boat eventually. water was moving like a mill race!

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Re: Sail boat crashes and starts sinking after hitting a bridge!

gotta love people who make videos and not know what they are talking about.

Yes, it hit the bridge, was swept under by the current, and was all but demasted as she was pulled under the bridge. She came out swamped, but I doubt that boat is going to sink. Something that small should have built in floatation.

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Re: Sail boat crashes and starts sinking after hitting a bridge!

Something simliar almost happened to me at Morgan Creek RR bridge as I was circling waiting for the 35 highway bridge to open. :-(

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Something simliar almost happened to me at Morgan Creek RR bridge as I was circling waiting for the 35 highway bridge to open. :-(
Well don't leave us hanging! tell us the whole story!

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Under OB power & current was ~7 knots out through the bridges to Raritan Bay. Circled too close to pilings around the RR bridge and got hung up on them briefly, acquiring some creosote on port side, but got free and retreated back into the creek. Finally the 35 highway bridge was open enough for my 40' mast & I got through, as RR bridgetender was hollering at me on 13 to hurry up cos train was coming. A stressful few minutes there. (RR bridge is inside highway 35 bridge at that location.) As I passed under highway bridge the bridgetender asked me to say again the name of my vessel. I suppose he put me down in his book of bad examples of seamanship? :-)
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Well, I blame that long, long bowsprit. Kept them from grabbing the lock ladders.

Oh, yeah, and that anchor thingy....
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I couldn't tell: did they get dismasted or just knocked over?
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Sometimes, a motor is a good thing. Just sayin
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