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I can’t see the second link as it’s geo Blocked. 

Wasn’t there a boat abandoned on its way to a boat show a while ago? Seems strange that the crew jumped ship   

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42 minutes ago, mad said:

I can’t see the second link as it’s geo Blocked. 

Wasn’t there a boat abandoned on its way to a boat show a while ago? Seems strange that the crew jumped ship   

 

Four sailors attempting to deliver a 55-foot sailboat from Annapolis to Miami were rescued from the Atlantic Ocean by the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday.

A Coast Guard news release said the crew was recovered just over 100 miles off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, after the Beneteau Oceanis 55.1 was dismasted during a storm that produced heavy winds and high seas.

Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk received a satellite emergency distress notification just after 6 p.m. on Monday and was able to identify the source. Later that evening, an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, located the sailboat and contacted the crew by radio.

Andy Kendrick, a Baltimore-based public affairs specialist with the coast guard, said the four sailors reported they were not injured nor in need of immediate assistance.

However, the boat’s mast and rigging were overboard while the steering gear was damaged. The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, on routine patrol in the region, was dispatched and reached the Beneteau Oceanis 55.1 about noon on Tuesday.

 

 

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You think that’s impressive? Just two weeks ago I raced aboard a Beneteau that has been afloat for at least a year!

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Interesting that the Gazette article says there was a Geo tracker on board and that Beneteau planned to recover the vessel. Guess they didn't try too hard.  Also interesting that the Bermudians got aboard, pumped the bilge, started the engine and got it in to port under its own power. 

 

 

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Something about Bermuda attracts abandon boats. Been there, done that. 

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Condition of vessel

This vessel was discovered adrift at sea with no one on board by a passing vessel. The seaworthiness of the vessel was examined and after the bilge pumping was conducted the vessel was sailed on its own power into Bermuda. The inside of the boat appears to be in good condition. There is no apparent structural damage to the hull.

Why did they abandon it, then?

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My first thought before I opened the thread was "I know they aren't the best boats, but I know of several that made it well past the 1 year mark" :rolleyes:

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Good thing Beneteau didn't name the crew.  They'd have a hard time finding new rigs gigs.

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Sounds strange that no one tried to rescue the boat  

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3 hours ago, Misbehavin' said:

Why did they abandon it, then?

 

One of the linked articles says they lost the mast and damaged steering in November, so turned on their EPIRB.

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1 hour ago, ROADKILL666 said:

Sounds strange that no one tried to rescue the boat  

 

Sounds like it was owned by Beneteau, and delivery crew had bad weather.

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10 hours ago, Roleur said:

Something about Bermuda attracts abandon boats. Been there, done that. 

Bermuda Triangle.

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16 hours ago, billy backstay said:

 

One of the linked articles says they lost the mast and damaged steering in November, so turned on their EPIRB.

A broken mast doesn't equal to abandoning ship. It didn't have any structural damage and still managed to sail to Bermuda afterwards under its own power, so can't have been that bad.

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2 hours ago, Misbehavin' said:

A broken mast doesn't equal to abandoning ship. It didn't have any structural damage and still managed to sail to Bermuda afterwards under its own power, so can't have been that bad.

Yes, but if it blowing 40kts, with 6m seas, the rig is over the side and the steering is jammed and the helicopter crew say "we are leaving in 3 minutes with or without you and we will not be coming back" what would you do? 

I'm fairly certain I would be part of the orderly queue to get the hell out of there.

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4 hours ago, Tunnel Rat said:

Yes, but if it blowing 40kts, with 6m seas, the rig is over the side and the steering is jammed and the helicopter crew say "we are leaving in 3 minutes with or without you and we will not be coming back" what would you do? 

I'm fairly certain I would be part of the orderly queue to get the hell out of there.

Except that it was a cg patrol boat which also assisted with cutting the rig away before leaving the boat. 

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On 5/21/2019 at 11:43 PM, Roleur said:

Something about Bermuda attracts abandon boats. Been there, done that. 

Also World War Bunker Tar Balls.

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Bunker also balls world war tar.

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On ‎5‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 11:43 PM, Roleur said:

Something about Bermuda attracts abandon boats. 

Jenn & Co nevere maide it theire didde they?                                         :)

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Somehow everyone in this thread has ignored the whale in the cabin (see what I've done there..?) - why would you be "100 miles offshore" heading South from Annapolis to Miami... That puts you either outside of, or worse - just still inside of the Eastern wall of the Gulf Stream running North... Why would you even consider crossing the stream for that trip? I hate to armchair captain but as a non-armchair captain who's done that trip a lot, I've never once run out into the Stream or across it and I can't see any reason to. All the rest is subject to debate.

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I nevere reallized theire wase a whalle in the billge......                           :)

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On 5/22/2019 at 6:19 AM, apophenia said:

You think that’s impressive? Just two weeks ago I raced aboard a Beneteau that has been afloat for at least a year!

where do I send the bill for a new keyboard?

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On 5/23/2019 at 9:55 PM, LotsO'Knots said:

Somehow everyone in this thread has ignored the whale in the cabin (see what I've done there..?) - why would you be "100 miles offshore" heading South from Annapolis to Miami... That puts you either outside of, or worse - just still inside of the Eastern wall of the Gulf Stream running North... Why would you even consider crossing the stream for that trip? I hate to armchair captain but as a non-armchair captain who's done that trip a lot, I've never once run out into the Stream or across it and I can't see any reason to. All the rest is subject to debate.

Second.

 

As a non-armchair captain who has done that trip many times on many a new beneteau, I sailed those things ultra conservatively for a reason. Don't trust em as long as they would float. Also no reason to go that far out at all... I cut the corner at Hatteras if weather allows and b-line straight for basically Charleston at that point.

 

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Probably snagged the rig on the rudder when they dumped it. Then the rig just fell or chafed off by the time it got calm. 

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