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Telesailor 04-12-2012 07:12 PM

How boats are lost?
As I prepare for a future trip down the Thorny Path, are there published accounts or studies of the most common or frequent mistakes or errors made that result in the loss of a boat. Examples could include entering unfamiliar harbors at night, single or multiple boats dragging anchor (discounting hurricanes) and tangling up with well anchored boats, thru-hull failures, poor navigation practices resulting in reef groundings, etc. Thanks.

PCP 04-12-2012 08:05 PM

Re: How boats are lost?
Most boats that I have seen lost lately were abandoned by the crew after calling for rescue. The boats were not lost but abandoned and in many cases in conditions that did not seem to justify it.



CaptainForce 04-12-2012 09:27 PM

Re: How boats are lost?
Most boats that are lost are weathering away with rain leaks on the hard or deteriorating in their slips with lack of use. Take care and joy, Aythya crew

Lake Superior Sailor 04-12-2012 09:43 PM

Re: How boats are lost?
I agree that most boats just wait at the dock collecting aqua gardens & wasting away! Boats on the hard are abandon dreams , & rotting hulks needing to be saved! I believe you need to use it or loose it! A Boat is an investment in life! & This far out weights any depreciation!.......Dale

mikel1 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)!

Lou452 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.

Lou452 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?

Tim R. 04-12-2012 10:06 PM

Last I read electrical fires account for the majority of boat loses.

RobGallagher 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.

Geoff54 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.

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