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  1. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    +1 and Thank You.
  2. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    Another great example of it has to be out there somewhere.
  3. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    I am perplexed. Even when a good size boat like the GB 55 gets run over there is a fair amount of debris and within a few months somebody finds something with a boat marking or an ID-able piece off the boat. Especially multihulls. When NoJay departed in 1983 to sail from Long Beach to Maui he...
  4. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    +1. Having not seen the barnacles it would be a tough call if it were mine to make. If the GB however was not maneuverable due to engine failure/wrapped props I would have opted for the inflatable...
  5. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    How dare you come into this madhouse and place a well thought out and intellectually sound post that is entirely reasonable. The inmates will be with you in a moment.
  6. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    I may be wrong but I think that is a pilot master transfer. The main issue I have is that with so much windage with the ship I could see it getting blown down onto the catamaran.
  7. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    That makes perfect sense. Thank you. Just glad I have never had to be there!
  8. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    Rig failure is a possibility on just about any performance boat made. When momentary loads far exceed the predicted levels then I would rather have my rig come down than the chainplates rip out of the hull (Same net effect to the mast). Was this event avoidable (Aside from delaying departure) I...
  9. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    I was told by people more knowledgeable on GBs than I am that it is common practice to let the autopilot steer in 30+ knots of TWS given the appropriate amount of rag is up (Storm blade and triple reef). Again, I am old school. I wouldn't do it but it is entirely possible that i am just naive on...
  10. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    I am very old school when it comes to multihulls in almost ALL conditions. In solid breeze (16knts+) I never cleat the main, I never use autopilot and I have eyes forward and windward (Mine) and eyes to leeward (Crew) and eyes astern (Crew) and if available, eyes on the radar. With an AWA at 110...
  11. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    The crew reports there were no dark clouds in Clean's part 2 report. The only thing I can come up with is that the front is approaching and the wind suddenly shifts from 110AWA to 70AWA and increases from 28 to say 45+ in a gust that rapidly builds to 68 knots as the report suggests. Auto pilot...
  12. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    In a velocity header that 110AWA could become 70AWA in a heart beat and the Autopilots reaction would be to steer down hard. That loads the rudders, the leeward bow and if you were running into the back of a swell the momentary loads could get ridiculous quickly as the boat cannot accelerate as...
  13. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    That is likely what many of us would have done (Called Pan-Pan) but unless you were there it is difficult to second guess a guy with as much sea time as the Captain has. I agree that there are a LOT of lessons to be learned from this event and I hope the conversation is kept as constructive as...
  14. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    Still no sign of a 55' floating box in the Atlantic? That seems crazy to me...
  15. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    I have great respect for SOMA and his experience. I always enjoy his perspective and appreciate his extensive sea time. That being said "Interested party" you clearly have little understanding of who is here in the room. There are arm chair quarterbacks for sure with little catamaran experience...
  16. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    Meredith is HOTT. Think what you want about Clean's scribing but when you post images like that and try and attach Mer's name to them it does nothing but assign you a permanent label of A$$HOLE.
  17. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    I will have to go back and look at the warnings but I am pretty sure there was a Gale warning posted for the area. I do not think it was ever elevated to a storm warning but I could be wrong on that. What I can tell you is that regardless of the size of the vessel or the experience of the crew...
  18. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    and people said there were no journalists here on SA. ;-)
  19. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    Ahhh the thread is alive again. Many thanks to all of you who poked the Dragon.
  20. DryArmour

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    For such a skilled and intelligent group I kinda think we missed an opportunity to salvage a boat that except for the rig sounded like it was in good to very good condition. Did we wrongly assume "someone else" was already in hot pursuit? Discuss.


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