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Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Norseman, Sep 15, 2018 at 1:57 PM.

  1. Norseman

    Norseman Senior Member

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    Friend of mine owns the sailboat.
    Not sure yet what happened, loss of control obviously, but not sure if mechanical or human failure.
    The MY left the scene, but the Captain came back with a car later and claimed full responsibility.
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    Snail boat is a total loss. Amazing its not sinking.
    Hull skin crached way low and probably below the water line.
    Same operator came back?
  3. Capt Ralph

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    Leaving the scene is a big no no..
  4. MBevins

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    One has to wonder if the actual operator came back. Other logistics of where to stop and the MY aside, why not stop.
  5. Norseman

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    Yeah, he parked the boat somewhere and came back the same day via wheels.
    If he had lost steering or power he probably would have no choice but to anchor and call for a tug boat. In this case he kept going so he must have regained mechanical/electrical control if that was the initial problem.
    The scene here is a few yards from the Davie Boulveard bridge and according to a witness on the bridge, speed was a factor.:eek:
    I should know more shortly, the owners of the dock where the sailboat was moored are good friends and the witnessed the crash and talked to the Captain when he returned.
    The dock is toast as the sailboat was pushed against the dock so hard that pilings broke and the framework was crushed.
    The culprit also hit a Johnson 88 across the river, will head over there on the River Rat today and take a few more pictures.
    I googled the name of the motor yacht to see what type/model it was, but a few boats have the same name, including a Westport 130’, this one look different and smaller. (Was it you Olderboater?) :D
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    Wow that’s a hard hit. He must have been moving fast to do that kind of damage

    Over the summer I witnessed a ~180 footer coming in to Atlantis to the side tie dock in front of the casino and apparently loose all power. He snapped 5 large pylons and then tboned a 160 footer who was stern in. Big collision at docking speed but the 180 put her bow through the forward stateroom windows doing some real damage but did not look structural. Surreal to watch a boat that big not stop
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    Not me and now a WP 130. Leaving the scene infuriates me as well. I'd hope he's been reported to the CG in addition to local authorities. Warn the dock owner to be very diligent as I've seen situations similar where people didn't pay or give their insurance information to dock owners.
  8. Norseman

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    Well, yes and no: He left as there was nowhere to dock and probably strong current and weekend boat traffic going on, but he came back the same day to settle and apologize. Not a hit and run per se, but yes he left the scene to take the boat home.
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    A few more pics:
    Damage on dark blue Johnson 88 across the River, and 3 dock pilings broke on that side as well.

    The culprit seems to be an Ocean Alexander 100.
    Took a pic of his re-inforced bow today: A few scratches, but nothing compared to the havoc he left behind on both sides of the New River last Sunday.
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    He probably had no choice but leave instead of trying to hold position in the new river with all the traffic. In any case he should have immediately reported the accident to the USCG and FWC. If he didnt, he will be charged..

    There vould have been someone down below in the sailboat who required immediate medical attention.

    Maybe he pulled a Kennedy? Leave the scene till his blood alcohol dropped :)
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    No,no. You guys are confused.
    The sailboat was docked, it only moves once a month if that.
    The OA 100 hit a docked boat, nobody onboard, no loss of life or limb.
    Yes, can’t hold position on the River with strong current and weekend traffic, as mentioned above.
    (Unless you anchor but not the first choice: Better dock the OA 100 at Marina Bay, then come back with a rental car to settle and appoligize)
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    I understand the sailboat was docked but he should not have ASSumed nobody was on board.

    Still an immeditate call to FWC and USCG was a must.
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    Yup, you are right Sir.
    I was not thinking that far, my bad..o_O
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    The sailboat is toast and that must've made one hell of a noise. The Good news is the OA is new or nearly new and should have good insurance on it.
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    Yup Capt. J:
    The noise was reported as Loud.
    Survey on the snail boat Monday, Most of us says it is toast.
    (Older Morgan 46, repairs would exceed value)
    Hopefully good insurance on the OA, yes, it looks new, and clean.
    (I found it docked today, 1 mile from the accident site, small world)
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    Did the captain of the OA say why he caused this mess?
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    Don’t think so, not sure of the cause or the details, yet.
    No idea if an investigation will be initiated, probably not if this was a delivery with no paying pax or cargo onboard: The NTSB or the USCG may not be interested if some private boat went sideways and wiped out another private boat as long as nobody got hurt.
    The insurance companies however may want answers..
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    Does not appear to be a mechanical problem if captain left and docked a mile away. Pulled a Kennedy lol.....
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    Yup, the OA did quite well, minimum damage and good to go.
    (Note to self: I want an OA for my next personal boat, Takes a Licking and keeps on Ticking:))
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    That spot on the river is incredibly hard to hold in place, narrow with a lot of sideways current mixed with a Captain not prepared for the situations. I could see his home dock 1 mile away being the only logical place to dock the vessel. I'm sure he was pretty shaken up with the whole deal, then had to find the house where the crashed vessel was located by car.

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