Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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I'd guess that they didn't have the centerboard clamp engaged. Once the boat passed 90 degrees, the keel rotated back and helped capsize the boat.
The mast would have dug into the ground, and the boat flooded through the open companionway.
Boat winds up resting on the bottom.
Catalina 22s are great boats that can handle adverse conditions, but sailing in heavy weather with the keel clamp disengaged, and the companionway boards out is asking for trouble.
Don't know if that's the case here, but I'll step on the semi-informed speculation bus!
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
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