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Old 09-01-2014, 01:56 PM   #1
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This is pretty rough, and a shared fear

Yesterday, Aug 30, an 11 year old boy, Charlie, lost his life In Stewart, FL in a boat fire, here is the story.....

42-foot sailboat on fire in Martin County - Story
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Old 09-01-2014, 02:28 PM   #2
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Brutally, unfathomably sad...
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:05 PM   #3
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The authorities have the boat here in Fort Pierce for examination...me I am betting on propane. Charlie was in the v berth, no way out. Live aboards 13 yr old daughter with friends thankfully.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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The authorities have the boat here in Fort Pierce for examination...me I am betting on propane. Charlie was in the v berth, no way out. Live aboards 13 yr old daughter with friends thankfully.
When my boat was surveyed the surveyor referred to the V berth hatch as the "escape hatch". I hadn't thought of it that way before but that makes sense.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:22 PM   #7
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Such a tragedy for everyone involved. How one heals from such an event is beyond me, even just to return to the water.
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:37 PM   #8
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Been there, the near death experience is nothing compared to the loss of a child. Nothing..... I would not wish that on my worst, most hated enemy, the enemy's death perhaps but never the loss of a child. I ache for the parents.
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What a horrible loss... Very sad with no words to share.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:25 PM   #10
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When my boat was surveyed the surveyor referred to the V berth hatch as the "escape hatch". I hadn't thought of it that way before but that makes sense.
That is what I call it. On my dads old boat I could easily haul myself out the escape hatch. I have seen boats today that the escape hatch is so far over my head I am not sure I could pull myself up. I have seen boats with ladders that WOULD allow you to use the escape hatch.

In this case, the reports said there was an explosion then fire so getting out the escape hatch may not have been possible.

Very sad....

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Old 09-02-2014, 12:07 AM   #11
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Have escape hatches in the forward cabin (accessible from the berth) as well as the pilothouse (accessible from the helm's bench). They are most functional as skylights while the pilothouse hatch also permits viewing the boat's sail trim.

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