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12-25-2008 11:33 PM
messenger USCG report. Somewhat vague.. Missing, IMHO, where were the groundings? And those blackouts on page 9, I dont guess that anything to do with a bottle of ahhhh.....mouthwash...
http://www.d8externalaffairs.com/pos..._2_.246074.pdf
12-20-2008 08:14 PM
camaraderie
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http://http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=511fa0c9c3c3b594"The Coast Guard also determined the emergency beacon — formally known as the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon — and life raft were improperly stowed below deck before the boat capsized."


Life Raft and EPIRB stowed below!!!!!!!

Yes they did report that but neither had anything to do with the death as near as I can determine. It is further quite unclear to me from the report that there was anything wrong with where they were. The requirement for the raft is that it be deployable from down below within 15 seconds. The boat turtled...no time to deploy. The EPIRP may have been a mechanically activated one rather than water activated. I am unaware of any requirement to stow an EPIRB on deck.

I am interested in actually seeing the real report rather than the press release as these two items seem to imply/ indicate some negligence on the part of the skipper or crew where none may exist.
We cruised for 4 years with the raft in a bag and a manually activated EPIRB stowed below...but easily accessed...and I never thought twice about it or ever read anything that said that was not perfectly acceptable practice.
12-20-2008 07:00 PM
messenger http://http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=511fa0c9c3c3b594

"The Coast Guard also determined the emergency beacon — formally known as the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon — and life raft were improperly stowed below deck before the boat capsized."



Life Raft and EPIRB stowed below!!!!!!!

07-10-2008 02:21 PM
sailaway21
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There's a dedicated thread to the structural issues of the matter over in Design & Construction Forum.
07-10-2008 12:43 PM
messenger Lawsuit

1 month, 4 days

07-06-2008 01:26 PM
Boasun The retaining nuts are still in place. Leading to my conclusion that the keel tore out of the bottom of the boat. Which is very catastrophic for the vessel and the people on board.

I never really did liked those cantilever type of keels for the obvious reasons.
07-06-2008 01:02 PM
messenger Pretty good pic of the retreived keel
06-22-2008 08:30 AM
messenger The Galveston County Daily News

Ok, they found the keel. Now maybe some info on the raft, the MOB pole, "the horseshoe" which appeared to be bungee corded to the boat in a pic taken the day the race started, and who did the last survey? Seven groundings?
06-16-2008 12:14 PM
ausgator Maybe I just missed it, but why no mention of a life raft? An offshore event like this would certainly have required a life raft, wouldn't it? Did it get trapped because the boat turtled so quickly, did it malfunction, or did it just get blown away?
06-13-2008 04:41 PM
sailingdog Very true, most of the powerboats at my marina, especially the 40'+ ones are surprised when I come in from a day of sailing in SCA conditions, with Force 6/7 winds and seas.

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As for the 87-foot WPBs, they are designed to operate in coastal conditions, up to only Force 5. That would be in the low-20 knot wind-speed range, and seas up to 6 feet or so.

Many folks would be surprised to learn that most blue-water capable sailboats can continue to sail safely in conditions that exceed the operational range of even some Medium Endurance Cutters.
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