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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.

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Re: How boats are lost?

Stupid decisions based on inexperience or bad information.
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Re: How boats are lost?

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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.
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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.
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