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In 7 - 9 foot seas it would not be easy to plug a hole (whatever the cause) with water sloshing around in the bilge. Water temps are still quite cold near LI as well.
It is too easy to ask how and why without having actually being there. This is just another reminder of why we all need to be ever vigilant about our boats systems, especially in a blue water, ocean environment. There are no travel lifts nearby anywhere.
Sad story, sunken boat but that fact is that nobody drowned or died. It sounds like they did what they could and moved on.
It is pretty deep 15 miles south of Shinnecock so the only danger is to draggers (haul seine fishing boats) that might catch the mast or hull.
I guess why their nickname is 'Bendytoe'! I just covered 400+ nm on a 51' Benne from Tortola to Provo and it performed marvelously. The owner/captain was on board and knows his boat like he knows himself.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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