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Hatteras runs aground in St. Augustine

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by aviator4512, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. aviator4512

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    The boat was successfully refloated a couple of days ago with no more than running gear damage. The story as published by the local press makes no sense whatsoever...
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    Agreed - I couldn't find much else about it, so I thought the folks here at YF may have some insight. Like with aviation accidents, you can always guarantee that the media is going to butcher about 50% of the information that they publish...
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    I am embarrassed by the very poor media coverage on anything up here around N/E Fl. Usually, If I want to know whats going on in Jax, My friend in Sacramento CA fills me in.
    It's always a "Breaking News Alert" but with NO details interrupting your radio or TV.

    ,rc
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    The best part of it was that it was a professional delivery crew that was bringing the boat south for the owner.
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    I don't know if that's the "best part", but it does show that mistakes are not just for novices. We all can learn from this that complacency leads to misfortune, and that the sea can make even the most seasoned captain look foolish - or worse.
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    That is true. However, I deliver a lot of yachts. As we all know some inlets constantly change from day to day or week to week. There are a lot of inlets on the North-South trip that I'm only in and out of once a year or twice a year.....when you're doing that many miles, it is possibility. I try to stick to larger channels that don't change.....such as Fernandina Beach over St. Aug, Charleston.....but due to range, weather, or speed it's not always possible to make those stops......However, I hear St. Augustine has been a mess for a year or two.....
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    Well considering they just dredged it via a $2.3m job, it should be a bit easier to make in through unscathed than in the past...
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    Even after the dredge work, you Must come in from the Sea Buoy. You can not cut across the outer bars or try to short cut the inlet.
    One report up here, crew was a Mother / Daughter crew. Lady captain with 30 years driving stuff.
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    That inlet is not suited to larger boats let alone one with a captain that doesn't have a good understanding of whats going on there.
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    Well I am not sure what your cut off is for "larger boats" but equipped with current knowledge and a little inlet running experience it is almost always just fine for a 56' hull, 61LOA, 5 ft draft Hatteras. And check out the boats in the St A marinas sometime; do you think they are all ICW cruisers?
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    I ran a Nova 80 in/out there. Our Bert has pushed thru many times. I have watched much larger transit with no problems. I also witnessed a 30' fishing boat roll over on a calm day.
    I also hear a lot of local advise asked for over the radio AND Much answered.

    You have to understand one thing;
    "it was a snake when you picked it up"..