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Old 28 October 2008, 17:57   #1
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Weymouth Cruise - Near Death Experience!!

Various people asked me to re-post this in a more obvious thread. It was a note of what happened off St Alban Head in SW F7 or possibly more with vicious short fetch waves.... :

Landing on the "ass of the boat" after mis-timing coming off a big one when all waves around you are transparent at the tops and very threatening is VERY interesting. I remember thinking we were going to go right over, and was amazed when

1) we were flat in the water the right way up
2) the water was up to to our knees
3) the engine re-started - we had inadvertently pulled the kill cord
4) the elephant's trunk was easy to release - I had checked it before we set off but was thrilled when my son could drop it easily and quickly
5) very quickly we realised we were:

Not dead
Not going to die (at least immediately)
Had a working big engine
Still warm and basically dry
And all the water had exited the boat very quickly

.....to the extent we did not need to declare an emergency.

All credit to the boat designers / builders.
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Old 28 October 2008, 18:09   #2
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That bow up vertical experiance isn't pleasent is it

I'll never forget the look on Ollyit's face afterwards when we did it in my boat off Gosport a couple of years ago.
TimM, Ju, and I think Jimbo were also all on board on the day that I should have been strong enough to say NO to lunch in Yarmouth during a F6.

I wondered if it was only the weight of the full tank of fuel that stopped us going right over.

Don't think I ever felt we were going to Die though.

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Old 29 October 2008, 11:39   #3
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I have had this happen to me once, and I even got it on film !



Sorry about the music but watch from about 1.26 minutes in and at 1.36 you will see what I mean. Although I look calm and collected I was just about to jump over the side.

However with my drysuit on and MattH out in his boat as well I never felt like I was close to death. Just close to getting wet

I think it always feels a little bit worse that it actually is (which is probably a good thing)
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Old 29 October 2008, 12:37   #4
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I came close to doing this on the way back from Yarmouth on the 18th too. Scary-Doggypaddle was following me and even after slowing right down his prop came out of the water on the same wave.
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That bow up vertical experiance isn't pleasent is it

I'll never forget the look on Ollyit's face afterwards when we did it in my boat off Gosport a couple of years ago.
TimM, Ju, and I think Jimbo were also all on board on the day that I should have been strong enough to say NO to lunch in Yarmouth during a F6.

I wondered if it was only the weight of the full tank of fuel that stopped us going right over.

Don't think I ever felt we were going to Die though.

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I think we all thought we were going over that day. That's the closest I've ever been I think. I remember asking you to take it easy, to be told you were taking it easy!
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when did you bring the boat back

Hello Bruce
When did you make the return passage?
As when we left you you were still discussing a plan.

Hopefully the experience,although not pleasant, will add additioanlly to boating knowledge-
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I wondered if it was only the weight of the full tank of fuel that stopped us going right over.

Don't think I ever felt we were going to Die though.

Nasher
You're fuel tank is quite far back isn't it Nasher? Do you think it might have been the cause?
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I wondered if it was only the weight of the full tank of fuel that stopped us going right over.

Don't think I ever felt we were going to Die though.

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You're fuel tank is quite far back isn't it Nasher? Do you think it might have been the cause?
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You're fuel tank is quite far back isn't it Nasher? Do you think it might have been the cause?
Your right, the tank is a little too far back for my liking, however I have plans for next year as its only 130litres anyway.
There is a huge watertight void under the deck in front of the tank that is accessed by a big hatch in front of the console. The void is so big I could easily lay out flat and sleep in there, but I'm toying with the idea of a flexible fuel tank which would get some weight forward. I am trying however to come up with a way of anchoring it in there securely.

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I seem to remember it was a classic case of needing some forward momentum to help, and trying to take it any easier would have been worse.

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Flexi fuel tanks dont need as much securing as you may think. On race boats we bolt an eye to a 3" square of laminate with countersunk sets and sikaflex it to the hull, make 4 and fix two either end of the tankspace thread some 8-10mm bungee to one end , then through the eyes on the tank over the tank and trough the eyes at the other end of the tank and secure to the other pair of fixings, then depending on the size of the tank tou can slide it up and down for balence. Whenit is were you want it just ust cable ties to fix the bungee to the eyes. Simple.
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