Here is my comment from the original blog post. Did anyone see it sink? Perhaps I missed the point. P.
“It looks like your boat didn’t sink at all. She was flooded but very smart work by the harbourmaster and his pump seem to have stemmed the flood. They were going to fetch a second pump so I guess they got her pumped out and dealt with the thru hull fitting. Lots of work for you both to put things right. Sorry you had to go thru it.”
Re the above….. he just emailed me and here’s what he said;-
“Wicked SaltyThe boat sank to the bottom, there were only a couple feet of water under the boat. It’s true we would have never been able to raise her again without the harbor masters help and the help of our friends and their pumps and boats.”
So it looks like their boat was sitting on the bottom in the original video blog…… it sank as far as it could.
It seems that most people commenting on the original post took it at face value and assumed they had totally lost their boat because it “sank”. Hmmmmm. P.
Thank the Random Gods of the Seas that she was at-anchor and not offshore somewhere. Even if they were on-board, there’s no guarantee they might have been able to stop the flooding in-time to prevent major damage…or a total-loss without an automatic lifeboat.* [ shudder ]
Full of water and resting on her keel, without the Harbormaster’s quick intervention she’d soon have laid-over on her side and been beyond saving with pumps.
If the diesel is a total loss, she’ll probably be beyond-saving regardless of the insurance settlement. And considering the havoc wrought by Harvey, Irma and Maria, it’s been a bad-year for the insurance companies, and the next few years will be tough ones for buying a reasonably-priced boat to replace her.
Word is the Caribbean bareboat operators have already bought-out the next few years’ production for liveaboard-class sailboats, and all the boats in the prospective used-boats in the pipeline coming-out of the Caribbean have been lost. Plus all the privately-owned lost and damaged boats. Reports are 90% of the Tortola and 75% of the St. Maartens fleets are total write-offs. And the Galveston Bay/Lake Kemah and Southern Florida sailing communities sustained many losses too.
*- More and more I’m inclined that you can’t go offshore with just good life-vests and an EPRIB. If your boat’s too-small to efficiently-carry and deploy an automatic lifeboat, maybe you shouldn’t be sailing her offshore in the first-place.
I think it was on a mooring ball , hence harbor master involvement. Also in a short post later , weeks later, they are working with insurance co and looking for a replacement boat. They were in New England area. Apparently a hose on a thru hull failed. Sobering thought. Who shuts all their thru hull sea cocks every time they leave the boat?I’m suprised to hear the boat hit bottom it’s in a 10-15′ tidal area, were they lucky with low Tide?I certainly feel for these guys after all their work finding this their second boat.The negative comments about being deliberate are terrible as they were for sailing mischiefhttps://you.be/41ZiD8MS4Iswho lost their boat in BVI in Irma the nastiness of some utube commentator is really annoying.Cheers Warren.
Sorry bad link in previoushttps://youtu.be/41ZiD8MS4Is
From their twitter feedWicked Salty Wes @wickedsaltywes·Oct 7Replying toIt was a thru hull that let water in while we were off the boat, it’s totaled, still in the process with insurance. On the look for new boat
They may have trouble buying a boat and getting insurance if theirs is a right off which I’m sure it it for a $25000 I think.Sailing Mermaid have had to give up for a year after their boat $55000) was totaled after hitting a lift bridge while a hired skipper was on the helm. ( their videos are removed).Having no insurance on a boat worth money is not a good idea. Hence sailing mischief problems as no insurance in BVI.Warren
They have the next video uphttps://youtu.be/DKyQQz1C8XcLooks like they are up in a very shallow bay with minimal tide ( I was wrong)The salt water in the wiring , engine and wood work make it an insurance write off.Warren