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Old 12-02-2018, 09:45 AM   #241
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Spray coated on one side only and reversible? The boat was made in Washington with initial service work and commissioning done about 150 miles away in Port Alberni on Vancouver Is. The sponsons were opened up by dealer.

As PSN says, many dots to connect. One thing we know for sure, this boat took on lots of water.
To me, the question of it being seaworthy or not lies in how did the boat take on water, from where, at what rate over what period of time and should the boat have automatically removed it?

I have seen plenty of seaworthy boats sink because no one really paid close attention to them for weeks.

Of course the "floated away" question remains....never saw that one even with sunk boats tied on with shoe laces.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:09 AM   #242
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2. 38' express cruiser - 100sq.ft of balsa core turned to compost in 2 yr.old boat.
3. High end 20' aluminum fishing boat - motor well lip below water with three people onboard, near sinking.

I did investigations in these three cases. In all three, shortly after lawyers were called in I was informed by the owners that the matters had been resolved and I need no longer concern myself. They would not provide any other information. In all three cases, the boats disappeared from their respective marinas and were never seen again.

The chances of anyone on this forum ever hearing the real story are very, very slim unless it goes to trial.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:42 AM   #243
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Boatpoker- I second that. I have participated in many marine loss investigations and at some point, I get the call or email or text stating "your services are no longer needed, send us the bill". And I have no clue how it was resolved.

So yes, we can speculate til the cows come home. But we likely know nothing about the final resolution. My curiosity is certainly piqued, but that's it.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:47 AM   #244
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OK, the plot thickens.


Those deck plates WERE changed at some point. In his photo showing the separated steering tie rod early in his ownership, the deck plates are visible and they are beige colored. In the later survey photos they are black.


So WHEN were they changed, WHY were they changed, and did the change degrade the water tight integrity of the sponson?
Good eye Sherlock! However, if you compare the two photos, an inspection port is not next to the drain in the first picture showing the steering rod connection, but is in the surveyors report....so the black ports must have been added. Perhaps when the boat went back into the shop to fix the numerous leaks discovered in the first 20 hours of usage?

Is it too late to call in CSI for fingerprint analysis and DNA testing?
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:54 AM   #245
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With this saga reverberating around various boating websites (including TF) and Facebook, even after resolution the innuendos and chat will continue. Which is possibly why Fusion needs to address the issue in a different manner than we might have seen just a few brief years ago.
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:40 AM   #246
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Steve, you are certainly an expert, and certainly a disinterested party. Given the "self drain" outlet on the starboard side of the sponson they bolted onto the transom to provide offsetting flotation for the weight of the outboards, and it's position on the underside of the swim platform, does it surprise you that water flowered into that outlet as waves lapped under the swim platform? You need not answer if you don't want to get in the middle of this conversation.....
Delfin, no problem, I've followed this thread with interest. I began to write a few replies but then chose not to post because it's pretty clear all the details and circumstances are not available; based on this I don't want to speculate. For example, Sky-guy argues that the sponson is not used for flotation... If that's true it changes the lay of the land considerably.

Indirectly related to this case, check valves fail, which is why their use is prohibited by ABYC for preventing water ingress where bilge pumps are concerned. It's probably wise to assume every check valve will fail at some point, either in the open or closed position. If the sponson was used for flotation, and if the drains relied on check valves...I'm speculating...then that could be a problem. More on check valves https://www.proboat.com/2017/04/many...-check-valves/
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Delfin, no problem, I've followed this thread with interest. I began to write a few replies but then chose not to post because it's pretty clear all the details and circumstances are not available; based on this I don't want to speculate. For example, Sky-guy argues that the sponson is not used for flotation... If that's true it changes the lay of the land considerably.

Indirectly related to this case, check valves fail, which is why their use is prohibited by ABYC for preventing water ingress where bilge pumps are concerned. It's probably wise to assume every check valve will fail at some point, either in the open or closed position. If the sponson was used for flotation, and if the drains relied on check valves...I'm speculating...then that could be a problem. More on check valves https://www.proboat.com/2017/04/many...-check-valves/
Thanks Steve. As has been pointed out, since the sponson is hollow and substantially below the water line in normal use, stating that it provides no needed flotation has the same basis in physics as saying the 26 knot, 30' long Cutwater has a displacement hull.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:55 PM   #248
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Good eye Sherlock! However, if you compare the two photos, an inspection port is not next to the drain in the first picture showing the steering rod connection, but is in the surveyors report....so the black ports must have been added. Perhaps when the boat went back into the shop to fix the numerous leaks discovered in the first 20 hours of usage?

Is it too late to call in CSI for fingerprint analysis and DNA testing?

The pictures below show what I'm taking about. Depending on the picture, you can see the deck plate frame and/or the cover. In the earlier picture when the steering failed, the deck plate frames are clearly white/beige. I don't see the covers in that photo, but I don't think there is any doubt about the frame color.


Then in the pictures from the two survey reports, the frames are black, and you can see the lids in some pictures too and they are black as well.


So someone modified the access plates at some point, and it begs the question of why, and whether the change contributed to water ingress.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:02 PM   #249
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I'll play. On his blog. 5.1 Fixlist after sea trial, he has listed under "things to fix": "6.Both accessory covers on the stern pod are cracked and need to be replaced."

I'm guessing that they got replaced. Shrug.
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I'll play. On his blog. 5.1 Fixlist after sea trial, he has listed under "things to fix": "6.Both accessory covers on the stern pod are cracked and need to be replaced."

I'm guessing that they got replaced. Shrug.
Maybe you just solved the mystery and cracked the case! The replacement covers were the wrong color causing aesthetic interference with the float switches in the hull extension which allowed it to fill with water sinking the boat.
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Oh. And as far as the docklines go. You can see that the cleat is pulled out of the dock. It is resting on the bottom of the hull, amidships behind the first chine. Still tied up to a black spring line. One black fender bobbing up from the boat, as well.
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So she was tied starboard too, stern towards the top of the photo. So it appears that it pirouetted as it sank. Just like if the pod was flooded, and was restrained by the dock line.
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If those access plates have the opportunity to be under water in anything but extraordinary conditions, it only speaks badly for the design/build. Those are Beckson (or similar) screw in plates and shouldn't be anywhere near the waterline. Even on the upper deck they are prone to leak.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:40 PM   #254
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Yes, but used successfully in dozens of kinds of boats in motor splashwells.

Continuously under water no, but frequently under a few inches, pretty common.

You just can't let the little water that does get in accumulate.
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Old 12-02-2018, 07:05 PM   #255
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, the sponson can be swamped, and the waterproof control conduits sit above the waterline inside the sponson, then stovepipe up 10 inches inside the hull. last time I checked, water cant travel uphill
From the pictures in both surveys, the conduits donít stovepipe up 10 inches. Are the conduits different in your boat?

Have you ever flooded your sponson and noted any difference in how your boat sits on her lines?

Both surveyors noted that the 3 penetrations where the conduits pass through are not waterproof.
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So she was tied starboard too, stern towards the top of the photo. So it appears that it pirouetted as it sank. Just like if the pod was flooded, and was restrained by the dock line.
Solves that mystery...
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I know as I own a 2018 302. I've put 140 hours on her over the summer since I took delivery in June. I watched my hull(#56) built from the fiberglass up through multiple phases of the build and know this boat inside and out.




I created an account here on TF to dispel some of the incorrect info here. First, The sponson does not provide buoyancy , just like any other sponson or offshore bracket. The hull provides adequate bouoyancy and the sponson serves as a mount for the engines and step, just like the words definition in the dictionary.


Secondly, the sponson can be swamped, and the waterproof control conduits sit above the waterline inside the sponson, then stovepipe up 10 inches inside the hull. last time I checked, water cant travel uphill


Third, this was not a outboard conversion on Cutwaters regular 30 hull. The cutwater 30 with volvo's is a displacement hull. The 302 is a completely different mold and a planing hull with a double step and flow interrupters. Entirely different beasts...


While it is curious that he removed the plates and ran the boat without them, or replaced them with different plates...it doesnt have any bearing on the boat sinking. I surmise it likely contributed to the rate the boat took on water in a compromised state. That state being that he left the boat moored or anchored for over a month without shore power. Who knows how much water was already in the hull when the bad weather "happened"
As TF discussions move along, it is interesting to re-read Sky Guys post again. He has been posting the same on other boating forums.

After he mentioned the black plates, I re-read the sinker's owner comments a few days ago, quite intrigued by the commissioning work list. As noted by Spy (ever vigilant) it is quite plausible the Port Alberni dealer installed those post factory build.

At this point, Sky Guys statements seem a bit shakey.
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This is disturbing! (new Cutwater boat)

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Agree, but...

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It is completely up to judge as to who is an expert witness. I expect the defense would vigorously contest Spillers qualifications while running up the plaintiffs bill. (Spiller is actually a cargo surveyor)
Really? Not from BC, are you? The Spiller family is well known up and down the coast. I'd venture that none of the boats that he built sank at the dock due to a builders defect.

Edit: Not meant as a slight to boatpoker. But Mr. Spiller used to own Wahl (yes, THAT Wahl) Shipyards and Meadow Marine Surveyors. He has built and designed some wonderful boats in his long history. He is an accredited Canadian Steamship Inspector as well. His son is carrying on the tradition and owns Commodoreís Boats.
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As TF discussions move along, it is interesting to re-read Sky Guys post again. He has been posting the same on other boating forums.

After he mentioned the black plates, I re-read the sinker's owner comments a few days ago, quite intrigued by the commissioning work list. As noted by Spy (ever vigilant) it is quite plausible the Port Alberni dealer installed those post factory build.

At this point, Sky Guys statements seem a bit shakey.
With a faint whiff of corporate counter PR, which may be why no questions are answered, nor challenges responded to. Cutwater's target market may be folks who don't know what the term displacement hull means.
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Sheesh, tough to keep up with the demanding schedule here.... Sorry I wasnt sitting around all weekend waiting to answer your questions. I had things to do! Further, I am not affiliated with Cutwater in any way other than being a customer. I am an engineer and have worked for a Major Telco for 21 years.




First, I mis-spoke about the regular 30' being a displacement hull. Most of the other Cutwaters are far slower than the 302 and it was a bad descriptor. My Point was true, that the regular 30' and the 302 come from completely different molds.




I'll repeat that the sponson in this boat is used to mount the engine package and swim platform. True some of it sits below the water line, but that's simply because of its size and how its mounted to the hull. That doesn't mean it has a role in providing buoyancy.


The dealer also installed a Panoptix Garmin transducer, and I spoke to Port boat house about their installs while I was researching the best transducer install point for my boat while commissioning. I know they prefer to put these transducers on fisherman's boats and I wonder if they accessed the sponson during the install for some reason, breaking his factory white access hatches. I cant even get my sponson hatches off by hand, so maybe they broke them trying.


Regardless, I maintain the hatch issue doesnt have any bearing on why or how this boat sunk...its not germane to the conversation. This guy clearly had other issues going on with his boat and my readers digest summary is that he had no battery power left &dead bilge pumps due to neglect, and the boat had some water in it already when the weather event occurred. The boat took on water through the back door over a period of time, eventually flooding the hull.


Thats my theory. Shoot torpeedos at it if you want to.
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