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Re: Sailboat perishes off Hatteras, USCG rescues crew

wow..i remember this thread from March...Now is that cruise ship pic Jon posted the same IP abandoned off Hatteras...or is it the BTB...(Bermuda Triangle boat) reported by the single-hander 230 miles from Bermuda? It doesnt appear to be the IP abandoned off Hatteras...that had some funky hot-tub looking cockpit-well forward of the dodger...

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That's quite a mystery Jon. Dated mid-June, I wonder what became of the crew. Who investigates for evidence of foul play in cases such as this? Some sort of crime has got to be high on the list of possibilities. People don't just leave boats like that floating in the Atlantic for no reason.
yeah, this one seems VERY strange... most indications seem to point to a deliberate abandonment, to me...

She was obviously not abandoned while under sail, every thing is furled... A plausible explanation could be a singlehander gone overboard while under power, but then where is the dinghy? There are davits on the stern, so one would presume he was using a substantial tender, and not a roll-up that might be stored below deck, as roll-ups and davits don't match up very well... No visible sign of an empty liferaft cradle, either...

Weird... Again, I can only hope this was a deliberate abandonment in conjunction with a rescue by another vessel, using the tender to shuttle between the two, an occurrence that never made the news, or we've simply never heard about...

It's not been a good summer for yachts named RUNNING FREE... A Freedom 40 with the same name had to abandon their voyage to Ireland, and return to Newfoundland after suffering some damage in heavy weather 1/3 of the way across... This one is a Pearson 36, the only reference I can find to her is an Abaco regatta report from SOUTHWINDS back in '07, her owner at that time was a gentleman named Bill Powell... Anyone know anything more about the boat or her owner?

Based upon fullcastle's report on the IP, it would appear that since the cushions were still sitting in place in that jacuzzi cockpit forward, the lives of that crew might not have been in quite the amount of jeopardy they apparently felt at the time... (grin)
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The boat is listed as a documented vessel. I hope someone was tasked with tracking him down to see if either he or whomever was using the boat is missing. I'm surprised media has not followed up on this. Another possibility is that the boat was used to traffic drugs and then abandoned.

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It was indeed "Andante 2" out of Virginia Beach, Virginia and was an "SP Cruiser" based on the tags on either side of her closed in cockpit that were quite visible as I circled the boat.

I tried attaching a few photos for your enjoyment but have an issue with a missing security token. The photo files are too large to send and exceed the Sailnet limitation even when I try to reduce their resolution. If any are interested drop a note here with an email address and I will send them off.

She was at position (N36 05.977 W63 40.122) on June 10 at 1358 hours (UTC -4) if anyone is willing to calculate her new drift position and go look for her.

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yeah, this one seems VERY strange... most indications seem to point to a deliberate abandonment, to me...
Is it possible she came off her anchor and drifted that far?

I see one anchor hanging off the bow, but there seems to be a line trailing off the other side, maybe indicating it was deployed and the rope broke?
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It was indeed "Andante 2" out of Virginia Beach, Virginia and was an "SP Cruiser" based on the tags on either side of her closed in cockpit that were quite visible as I circled the boat.

I tried attaching a few photos for your enjoyment but have an issue with a missing security token. The photo files are too large to send and exceed the Sailnet limitation even when I try to reduce their resolution. If any are interested drop a note here with an email address and I will send them off.

She was at position (N36 05.977 W63 40.122) on June 10 at 1358 hours (UTC -4) if anyone is willing to calculate her new drift position and go look for her.

Good luck
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Is there an AMVER report.?
I am hospitalized and using my smartphone. Hard for me to look up.

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I am hospitalized and using my smartphone. Hard for me to look up.

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Hi smacky.

A joint in the small toe of my left foot became infected and was removed. Sailing will have to wait. I have powerboat course at the end of August.

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Hi smacky.

A joint in the small toe of my left foot became infected and was removed. Sailing will have to wait. I have powerboat course at the end of August.

Any AMVER reports for the vessel?

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Ouch! Get well brother.

I'll check AMVER.


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