Cat capsize in Chesapeake Bay?


Heard that a catamaran went over Sat nt in the bay, all 3 crew rescued ( but not on the boat?). Any details?



There are few details that I could find, other than it was a catamaran, it capsized, the Coast Guard found the boat, the crew were separated from the boat, two hanging onto a marker, and one apparently in the open water. All were wearing PFD's. I suspect it was a beach cat, but I couldn't find any indication of the type or size of the boat.

I didn't sail this past weekend, partly due to forecasts of 30 mph gusts. I didn't check to see the actual wind conditions.


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Friend of mine was one of the Marine Resource Commission officers on the scene - Hobie 16 turtled during a small craft advisory. Crew didn't have the experience to right the boat.
Friend of mine was one of the Marine Resource Commission officers on the scene - Hobie 16 turtled during a small craft advisory. Crew didn't have the experience to right the boat.
They had the perfect opportunity to gain that experience! We capsized and turtled our H16 first time last year. Took a couple of tries to convert YouTube training into experience.


I used to singlehand a Hobie 16 and found that without daggerboards to get my weight out further I was not quite heavy enough to right the boat. This was at Bitter End and I was right in the mooring field and it was pretty embarrassing to be drifting through the fine yachts anchored next to Saba Key. I was struggling to get the sail out of the water as I passed the cockpit of a big crewed charter sailboat and there was a cute blond stewardess with the afternoon off with the guests ashore. She asked if she could help in anyway and I told her to just jump in and her weight would be all it would take to get the cat upright. She looked at her skipper and he gave his blessing and she dove in and we soon had the boat upright. I yelled at her skipper that I owed her a ride and he told me to go for it...

We had a great day sailing all over North Sound and I didn't return her until Happy Hour when the guest returned from whatever shore excursion they had been on. She scampered back onboard the Yacht only to discover that the guests were taking showers and had reservations for dinner at BEYC. The skipper gave me a funny look and a wink which I didn't first understand but when my date went below to mix up a round of cocktails for the guests he nodded his head at her and gave me that inquisitive look again. He finally asked if I had 'gotten lucky' with his crew and I was not sure how to respond. When she got back to the cockpit with the cocktails he told her she had the rest of the night off and we jumped at the opportunity!
The Hobie was a rental from Bitter End that I had chased down in my dinghy when the renters barely pulled the cat up on the beach to make a bar run and didn't uncleat the mainsheet and a gust blew it off the sand and it took off unguided across the waters. I managed to recover the cat and sailed it back to the rental guys and they had told me I had use of the boat until the next morning. I did indeed get lucky several times on that adventure!

Not my video but you get the idea...



I've never been able to right my H16s by myself, even though I am pretty heavy. I think it takes a combo, of weight, strength, equipment, and practice that I just don't have. My solution is to only sail them on the windward side of the island, where you will quickly be blown back to shore. I don't think sailing a H16 without any plan for a capsize is an option at all. I think I have found at least 3 distinct ways to easily drop one on its side without trying at all.
We have not single-handed our H16 yet. Maybe this year. My son and I were both about 200lbs when we did our first capsize on the H16. We found that it took the two of us to get it back upright. One guy pulling 100% on the righting line, and the other guy just helping a little bit. Here are our failures and triumph as we got upright again. Was a great confidence booster to have gone through it once.



I was once able to unhook the bungies on my 'Cat Cooler' from under the downhaul and place it on the hull in the water and stand on it before leaning back against the righting line. That extra 9" got my weight out just far enough to right the H-16. Keeping ones footing on the cooler while it was slipping all up and down the hull was another thing...
With two, righting an H16 is pretty straight forward, even from the turtle ... you can use the lack of buoyancy in the hulls to your advantage to sink one of the hulls and get it up on its side and then your good to go...although lesson learned from the first time it went turtle, which was in 26 knt winds and 3 foot waves, is getting yellow floating righting lines it makes life so much simpler especially in dark water...when you are standing on the bottom of that thing in good size waves its hard to find white righting lines

Only on the rarest of occasions at 165 lbs could I ever right the H16 myself with a righting line...could never get that last 12" of mast out of the water. However with a water bag it was no problem. With it attached to the bottom side of the tramp for easy access it would take about 5 minutes from start to finish