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04-13-2012 12:28 PM
Re: How boats are lost?

The one time my boat ended up on the beach was when the mooring chain parted. I had been meaning to dive and inspect the chain but a nor'easter beat me to it. I did not lose the the boat though. A friend told me that she was sunning her bottom at the beach and we got her back on a mooring by the next tide. Still, it could have easily ended very ugly.
04-13-2012 11:53 AM
Re: How boats are lost?

Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Last I read electrical fires account for the majority of boat loses.
Thats the number one cause of fires, over fuel, engine, galley, etc. Not sure it's the number one cause of loss.
04-13-2012 11:43 AM
Re: How boats are lost?

Stupid decisions based on inexperience or bad information.
04-13-2012 10:57 AM
Re: How boats are lost?

This list is from my empirical observations of 10 years liveaboard cruising mostly in the Caribbean.

Entering harbours at night.

Navigating through reefs at night.

Relying on a chart plotter when doing above. [Entering Luperon is a prime example.]

Mooring failure. Always dive on a mooring and check it.

But of course the biggest cause of loss/amage is almost certainly hurricanes. Andrew, Hugo Ivan Katrina.
04-13-2012 12:22 AM
Re: How boats are lost?

U.S. Coast Guard statistics on reported recreational boating accidents.

Provides a lot of data but raises a lot of questions as well. It heavy going to read through it but at least sailboats are, comparatively, very safe.
04-12-2012 10:06 PM
Re: How boats are lost?

I would say maintenance issues that could probably be avoided.

I nearly lost my last boat to a blown stuffing box hose that could/should have been avoided. I maintained my boat pretty well, but it's just one of those things that was always on next haul out's list to do.

Should have changed out that mooring pendant or cleaned the fuel tank or changed the fuel filters more regularly or shut the fuel off before I left the boat or shut the sea cocks or changed that rusty hose clamp or just stopped by the boat that one weekend but couldn't get to it...

It's a never ending battle and time flies.
04-12-2012 10:06 PM
Tim R. Last I read electrical fires account for the majority of boat loses.
04-12-2012 10:03 PM
Re: How boats are lost?

Insurance industry might have some of the data that we could use. Would they let us have it? Could the data be a trade secret? If abc released what they know would xyz now be able to under cut the market share and hurt abc sales?
04-12-2012 09:56 PM
Re: How boats are lost?

This would be good area for the Coast Guard or ASA. to compile data that could be used to slow down the loss of boats and life. They may already do it? The FAA. has very good data for aircraft. The FAA, is able to institute changes in regulations and help find mechanical defects. I have seen an inquiry? After a race that did not go well but this is not you everyday event with normal boats and crew. The wide variety of boats motor,sail. paddle could make the sorting data into a format that could be used might be very hard.
04-12-2012 09:45 PM
Re: How boats are lost?

C'mon . . . someone here start the rant about thru hulls, hoses, clamps, etc. according to the insurance industry the number one sinker of boats (usually at the dock no less)!
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