Turd Sandwich said:Unlike most here I have been around diamond shoals in January in 20' seas and 35 knots of wind. Should we have been there? Probably not but in a 80' maxi downwind really not that big of a deal. In a 55' cat fuck that. I cant even imagine the pure luck and driving skill needed to keep from flipping that beast. 20' seas in the gulfstream is no laughing matter even downhill. Sometimes the waves are so steep they just break right on top of you other times off you go a 20 knots trying not to pearl dive into the wave in front. Great fun in a maxi other than the ones that break into the cockpit. I cant even begin to imagine dealing with that in a boat that doesnt really heel. The shock loading must have been huge and the driving skill and luck needed to keep the boat in one piece and not flip it off the charts.
Glad everyone is safe but that was a stupid call to leave with that type of boat in those conditions IMHO. The rig letting go probably saved the boat from a capsize which would have probably caused the loss of life.
The last few posts are the best info yet on this thread.
Don't go out in that forecast with a cat.
Be very prepared and patient if you are going to try to salvage.
Fucking insurance companies.
Turd may have a lot of experience on 80ft maxi's.., but he hasn't told us anything about his experience on big catamarans.
why should i believe his assertion that cats are any less safe than mono's in the conditions encountered by RM?