A bad way to start your day

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by stxrus, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. stxrus

    stxrus Friend of Leo's

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    Happened to glance outside a few minutes ago and saw this. Missed the Cotton Valley Cut by about 100’
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    Ooops...
     
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    His bad.
     
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    Dead reckoning requires a constant vigil...does that cut have a range? Maybe they tried it in the dark AM and completely missed the water shoaling up?
     
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    followed the GPS on auto pilot probably...:rolleyes:
     
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    Either way .... operator error
     
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    Maybe...some failure of their watch certainly put them in extremis. I have heard that if you own a sailboat and claim to have never been aground you are either fibbing or never leave the dock...seemed an extreme statement, but having spent years with >30ft draft I'll vouch for shallow waters as not always being as charted in a great many places.
     
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    That’s the view from your house? Man, I look out the front over a garage block and roundabout! Back’s better, there’s some trees and a common. You’ve got the better vista though.
     
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    I use to do a lot of sailing mostly offshore in local club races or longer ocean races,,,and owned a 30 footer..

    I've hit sand/mud bars but never anything rocky... racing around the reef islands can keep you on your wits looking for uncharted bombies, etc... a few boats run aground cutting corners or hitting them at night... nothing like experience in local waters...

    even seeing pics like that gives me a chill....
     
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    I have a niece in St. Croix...need to get out there to visit her.
     
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    We just had a powerboat miss a local inlet by 100 feet and hit a bulkhead at speed. One passenger was killed, 2 others seriously injured. Captain was arrested for BUI with expected upgraded charges to come.
     
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    It appears the incident occurred last night. CG was notified around 11:00 and allegedly all individuals were evacuated and she’s sitting on the reef at about a 40-45* list to starboard.
    There were a couple of small boats that looked like they were trying to extract her from the reef but they were too small and there were 18”-24” breakers on the reef.
    Currently the seas are calm and she’s sitting stable

    The last boat that ran aground there and was stuck lasted about 4-5 days before she broke op and sank in about 30’. There have been 3 boats, to my knowledge, that have grounded but were salvaged
     
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    Missed it by *that* much...
     
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    Latest image from about an hour ago
    Zoom in to see better
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    That's an expensive mistake
     
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    No range markers even though there used to be markers on it. They were privately maintained and have been gone for years. No one will take the responsibility or liability of marking the Cut anymore
     
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    That's a nice boat. Harsh for the owner and crew...hard to see for me as so many times these incidents are preventable. Oh well.
     
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    Almost all are preventable. Know your vessel and yours and it’s limitations. Somewhere down the line a bad decision was made.
     
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    Not too unusual in some places internationally. The locals know the landmarks by heart and the nav aids degrade and vanish over time if there isn't a lot of commercial traffic or dedicated government funds for upkeep. Reefs are always a dangerous factor as well, growing over time and unpredictably, often without periodic chart updates for position and depth. Once skirting Bermuda we were called by the Bermuda Coast Guard and warned to alter our track to avoid a certain point of land by an additional 2 miles due to coral growth not on the current chart. Love the memories.
     
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