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Bad boating decisions 101

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Thread Starter 
Don't go between the south tower of the Golden Gate bridge and shore.

http://sfsurvey.com/photos/sail/index.htm
post #2 of 16
oops! Thars a wee bit o sea under the bridge! At least they were not pitch poled. Were they trying to surf, or sink the tub fer ins.?
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Pierre, that title had me worried about your swedish engine retro-fit!:

whew!
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Brrr, that water is COLD there. The boat was on a full reach and jibed just as the wave hit. The wind forces the bow down and reduces rudder control. Never had a chance as the wave swallowed him whole. Dangerous place right off the point. He is lucky to be alive.

Great pics Pierre, thanks for posting.
post #5 of 16
Like the boys on American Chopper say, "Yachtsea!"
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Mainiac, it's what happens when sailors watch tugboat porn.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
If my identification is correct the boat is around a 1972 Cal 22. Damn thing must be worth all of $2000. Its really a starter sail boat for the Bay area. Its boating 101 to me. Don't breach a bar with a long wavelength swell running against a tide. Duh.
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Originally Posted by Pierre
If my identification is correct. . . Duh.
So the ticket is for improper disposal of litter?
post #9 of 16
Saw this yesterday at realsurf.com.au under the caption "yacht surfing". Now if they get to their feet a little sooner, it will avoid burying the nose before the bottom turn. Practice, practice, practice.
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I have surfed that point. In those photos it looks like he got cought inside on a sneaker set. still he should have never been that close in under those conditions. he was lucky that some surfers were there. to save his butt. Didn't look like it was a well cared for boat noticed the bottom paint wasn't in very good condition. i'm not sure if it wasa cal or not? looking at the sale i didn't notice the cal C in a diamond on the sail. Same class boat might be a 24 footer at most. About 15 years ago there wasa photo of a 65 foot yatch making an atempt to get out of Moro bay it was standing on it's transome with the bow in the air as it tried to punch over a 30 foot wave. It would take a month to clean the brown stains out of your shorts.
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catunamunch,,,yes, indeed, a veritable nautical jackass movie. The tug had hull integrity, though, she popped up like a cork. All hands mustuh been rolling over with laughter after thart bit o seamanship. Old phart settin at the railin got his dime's warth, too.
post #12 of 16
Too bad, it looked as if it might've been a nice little boat, bottom paint notwithstanding. Amazing how long it stayed afloat with that little bit of air under the bow. If he'd had the cabin door closed and secured, as he ought to have, the boat likely would have stayed afloat after all it had been through.
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....Ya' can't let that Springtime feeling cloud one's limitations!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch
Mainiac, it's what happens when sailors watch tugboat porn.
That is awesome! I'm showing it to the geeks around here (the Networld+Interop Hot Stage warehouse) and they're all lovin' it!
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Pierre
If my identification is correct the boat is around a 1972 Cal 22. Damn thing must be worth all of $2000. Its really a starter sail boat for the Bay area. Its boating 101 to me. Don't breach a bar with a long wavelength swell running against a tide. Duh.
It is actually a Santana 22. Besides being in the wrong place, there were several other factors contributing to their problem. First the boat's rudder is to small and actually gets lifted out of the water by the wave so the boat starts skidding sideways on the wave. The reason the boat sunk was that they did not have the hatch boards in their companionway which caused the cabin to fill with water.

Looking at the boat, it is set up for racing. The jib looks to be Kevlar and but I think the main is Dacron. The sails are made by Pineapple Sails which makes a lot of sails for Bay Area racers.
post #16 of 16
I look at the clips and think that, if he had headed up a bit as he began to go down the wave face and had sheeted in the main to turn across the face of the wave and gain speed that he mightn't have stuffed the bow under and jibed, but that's just hindsight and possibly wishful thinking. I don't know how much the boat was worth, nor would I appraise its value in that way, but it did look like a nice little boat. Too bad he didn't have the sense to keep the hatch boards in. I have a similar sized boat, a 24' Mcvay Bluenose, and have occasionally had the lee rail under and water in the cockpit to no ill effect, as it cannot fill the hull w/ the hatch boards closing up the entrance to the cabin. The boat probably wouldn't have gone down and could've been re-fitted.
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