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Old 10-29-2017, 05:03 PM   #1
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Jupiter Inlet Boat Sinking

Be careful out there!

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Old 10-29-2017, 05:12 PM   #2
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Going way too fast. Single handling and no PFD it looks like(?) . Lucky guy there were folks around to help. And the comment about trimming is a bad one, never trim in a following sea. Maybe this guy had tabs down as well; looks like it.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:28 PM   #3
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That boat looked heavy, like it was carrying a lot of water in the bilge or something. Sure went under quick.
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Wow, someone just happened to be filming him with a drone right overhead as he was coming in when this happened? What are the chances? Zero to one?
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One of the comments addressed that there is a guy that flies his drone over Jupiter Inlet every time the weather gets nasty.
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Old 10-29-2017, 06:37 PM   #6
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One of the comments addressed that there is a guy that flies his drone over Jupiter Inlet every time the weather gets nasty.
He's probably got a thousand videos of boats running it that didn't sink.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:44 PM   #7
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That boat looked heavy, like it was carrying a lot of water in the bilge or something. Sure went under quick.
Yes, that's a theory around here: some people think that the boat was taking water. It would explain the sudden bow down move, surface effect, water sloshing in the bilges.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:51 PM   #8
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Yes, that's a theory around here: some people think that the boat was taking water. It would explain the sudden bow down move, surface effect, water sloshing in the bilges.
Be interesting what the skipper has to say. I tend to think he had the trim tabs all the way down and was going too fast, but like everyone else, that's speculation at this point.
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Old 10-29-2017, 08:02 PM   #9
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Be interesting what the skipper has to say. I tend to think he had the trim tabs all the way down and was going too fast, but like everyone else, that's speculation at this point.
They are going to have to recover it from the inlet as it will be a hazard leaving it there. So they will know re the trim tabs.
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Is this one of those low draft boats used for fly fishing in shallow waters? center consoles normally have more free board, at least the ones I am familiar with. It went under amazingly quick.

I have not been on a CC in many years, but I don't recall them having much of a bilge area to collect a large amount of water to cause that.

It looks more like a swamp and fill due to the low freeboard.
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Maybe someone talked him into an all chain rode and bigger is better.
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Old 10-29-2017, 10:55 PM   #12
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I agree with what others have said...

His bow sure seems to be down, and or he was going way too fast and buried the bow.

The whole concept of open type, especially low freeboard skiffs in sea conditions scares me. Yes I know they do it, and yes I see them every day, but they scare me. One mistake, bury the bow and the result is a unrecoverable situation.
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Was nice of the surfer to let him paddle in on his board. Those rocks and barnacles were gonna tear him up.
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That boat looked heavy, like it was carrying a lot of water in the bilge or something. Sure went under quick.
Bow should have been much higher. Suspect he must have taken a few over the side before hitting the standing waves.

Entering inlets can be exciting. Trawler simply doesn't have the power to ride the back of a wave. Frantic movements of the wheel from one stop to the other, and then once through a wink to the mate "a bit bumpy back there..."
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I'm surprised swamping the bow doesn't happen more often, particularly to go-fast open bow runabouts. Our marina slip has a straight line of sight to the marina's launching ramp. We sit on the aft deck, five to six feet above the waterline, and watch families load up the bow seating area with so many people that the bow ring for the trailer retrieval dips underwater and the leading edge of the bow is about a foot off the water. Then they roar out to the river on a rough, windy day with 3-5' seas. Boat manufacturers even design bows to incline downward, making the likelihood of swamping even worse. I always assumed that profile was to improve line of sight when you're flying at high speeds pulling skiers and the bow rises, but unless you're flying, it seems to me that really increases the risk of digging the bow into a wave at slow speeds in rough water. (This one happens to be a Cobalt but I just grabbed it as a random example.) I don't get it.
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I don't think these boats are made for taking water over the bow. I use to run a 17 foot bowrider that didn't even have scuppers. Any water in the boat had to get pumped out by the bilge pump, and that just has a manual switch...no water senser/float switch, etc.
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See what happens when you get ahead of the wave?
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See what happens when you get ahead of the wave?
You are pointing downhill.

Then when you hit the bottom of the wave, of you have little freeboard, and or little reserve buoyancy the bow goes under. (This can happen to any boat if the waves are close enough together BTW)

In a open boat it happens just like in the video. Water comes over the bow filling the boat.
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