How not to handle a. following sea

 Did anyone see the boat come unstuck on channel 7 news tonight, poor buggers I only saw the end of the report with the boat getting wiped out big time whilst coming in through the heads of some harbour in a following sea. One minute it was there the next instant it was totally gone.

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Tue, 2020-04-14 19:20

That was nuts, person had no idea.


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Certainly was

Tue, 2020-04-14 19:30

Some very lucky people there, if it wasn't for the surfers I think there would have been a few fatalities, and as for having no life jackets what do you say to fools like that  

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 I just want to know how he

Tue, 2020-04-14 19:58

 I just want to know how he ended up on top of a surfbreak. 


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New owner, no life jackets and boat in neutral

Tue, 2020-04-14 20:02

And clearly no sea sense either.   How lives weren't lost was nothing more than pure unadulterated luck  

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Was that the one with the

Tue, 2020-04-14 21:05

Was that the one with the Haines with the twin Etecs? They didn't seem too concerned on board when they were about to get smashed that's for sure!

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 Yeah those Haines broach

Tue, 2020-04-14 21:15

 Yeah those Haines broach pretty bad

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Playing sub's?

Wed, 2020-04-15 04:36

 I thought it did pretty well for were it was put in a surf break , yes I have a small Haines and broaching in a following sea is not one of its vices . This skipper deff had all the gear , no friggin idea.



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 It was a pretty serious surf

Tue, 2020-04-14 21:44

 It was a pretty serious surf break to be hanging around in!

And it looked like a pretty good sized haines! 

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Looks like a patriot  

Tue, 2020-04-14 22:44

Looks like a patriot  

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 Thought he was fishing too

Wed, 2020-04-15 05:47

 Thought he was fishing too close to the wash and got caught out? 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 Scary stuff, but with people

Wed, 2020-04-15 06:24

 Scary stuff, but with people on board and no jackets that skipper needs a slap in the head. I cant see how it could be engine failure with twin outboards, and if he simply was in neutral like the reporters say he should hang his head in shame and his skippers ticket fed to the goats. 10m towards the rocks and it would've been a grim scene. Very lucky for everyone on board.


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poor buggers?no fkn idea more

Wed, 2020-04-15 07:37

poor buggers?

no fkn idea more like it. not even life jackets on board.

doesnt deserve to own a boat.


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Yep. Fewer things scarier

Wed, 2020-04-15 08:06

Yep. Fewer things scarier than in incompetent skipper.

They are the people that will cause boating to be shut down

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 Can someone put up the link?

Wed, 2020-04-15 08:00

 Can someone put up the link? Cant find it.


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 Wasn't coming through the

Wed, 2020-04-15 12:06

 Wasn't coming through the heads of a harbour at all, just in totally the wrong area for a boat! As mentioned above, the passengers had no idea of what was even going on, it almost looked like 2 were looking down at their phones as they were going over!


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That’s fair comment

Wed, 2020-04-15 13:08

As I said with my original post I didn't see all the story and I thought they were coming into a harbour or similar. I have been told that the report also stated that both motors were stopped, is that correct. 

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Wed, 2020-04-15 13:17

 Something doesn't look quite right in that video. As someone said previously those on the boat looked very casual. I take the engines had cut out or sometrhing. Certainly done em selves a mischief.

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 I thought he was going to

Wed, 2020-04-15 13:17

 I thought he was going to make the barrel! Might have turned all onboard off boating for life.


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Is that Dude really on his

Wed, 2020-04-15 14:00

Is that Dude really on his phone during the roll over???

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If the report is to be believed

Wed, 2020-04-15 15:23

The motors were running but in neutral.........the skipper ( sorry that is an insult to all true skippers ) just did not have a clue, a quick gun of the engines at the right time would have seen the disaster avoided but why get into that position in the first place 

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 Certainly had the HP to

Wed, 2020-04-15 17:45

 Certainly had the HP to punch out of there.


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 They didn't look like they

Wed, 2020-04-15 16:58

 They didn't look like they were following social distancing 


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 The person standing near the

Wed, 2020-04-15 22:16

 The person standing near the helm (I can't call him a skipper) was on his phone and relaxed, in that surf, that close to the rocks.


Anyone with half an idea would have been;


a. At the helm

b. Watching the swell

c. Ready with the motors in gear and;

d. Getting the f$*@ out of there!





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 Thanks for posting the

Wed, 2020-04-15 22:49

 Thanks for posting the link.


If you ask me the Haines did very well considering it pretty much was a sitting duck with no one in control.


Could've easily gone tits up when it dropped down the face now first not under power.

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 And like Andy said wtf were

Wed, 2020-04-15 22:50

 And like Andy said wtf were they doing there!

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At least he got to write

Thu, 2020-04-16 07:06

At least he got to write those bloody e techs off ,that was the only winner 


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This is how it should have been done

Thu, 2020-04-16 11:55
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I was watching that live

Thu, 2020-04-16 14:37

And by gee wiz did I stand up and shout haha, much like the Mick/shark incident.  


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 that is some scary

Thu, 2020-04-16 16:15

 that is some scary shite..

all errors and stupidity aside, what would b the best approach if you end up on a wave like that?

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best approach is not to end up on a wave in the first place.

Thu, 2020-04-16 18:28

 IF you can keep it going straight, keep it going straight. Difficult on most boats, impossible on some. Downfall of fine entries, they tend to dig in, you have no control over the resultant bow steering resulting in a broach and over you go. You need to be well in front of the wave, or, from another perspective,  behind the one in front. Power helps, but not the answer to everything. Until you've surfed a fifty foot long crayboat fully loaded with gear down the face of a big breaking one, you haven't lived. 

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damn...that makes me shudder

Fri, 2020-04-17 11:44

damn...that makes me shudder just thinking about it!

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Fri, 2020-04-17 13:39

 Don't you love it when the revs pick up as the wave starts to lift the arse end up.  Done that coming through the Hole in the Wall at Lancelin and again coming in under the lighthouse at Cape Lleuwin on the way to Dead Finish in a five metre plus swell

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That is absolutely insane

Thu, 2020-04-16 23:11

Now there is someone who knows exactly how his boat handles and no fear at all. A very skilled skipper.
As for your last statement ranmar850 Ill give that experience a pass it would take me a month of washing to get the brown stain out of my underdaks. Obviously you survived, if you were a cat I'd say you used up 8 of your 9 lives.

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Fri, 2020-04-17 13:21

Just saw pic on facebook of the boat once recovered. 

Looking rather 2nd hand now 


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Can you please post

Fri, 2020-04-17 22:08

Up the link to the Facebook page that has the photo of the boat in question after recovery

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I saw the footage on You tube

Fri, 2020-04-17 18:34

 Boneheaded boaters of the week by broncos guru had it . He just seemed absolutely oblivious to the approaching theat, didn't he.   I spent many years surfing along with a load of pots on, some boats made it easy, some scared the crap out of you. I had a 38 Randall for a while, they were a POS in just about every respect. Try to get across the bay in front of Pt Gregory with a fresh southerly blowing , quartering on the aft beam,and only half the gear ( 45 pots) on, that bloody thing was terrifying. All the big slops had you wondering if this was the one, it would do this weird combination of what I now recognise as chine walk and attempting to broach, both at the same time. No way could you trust it on auto pilot. Then I went to a 40ft ali hull, by Macboats. Flat-bottomed, hard riding thing, but it was impeccable with 90 pots on the same place in the same seas, just put the pilot on and have a coffee. Last boat was a fifty foot Image, stick 105 pots on in any conditions, wouldn't put a foot wrong heading any direction relative to the sea. 

Broaching is always your main worry, getting picked up and pushed from behind will see you backing off the throttle and working the wheel to keep 'er straight; in really bad conditions, you are running doglegs everywhere, trying to balance between keeping a heading to where you want to go and having the run straight ahead to avoid a possible broach. teaches you a lot about boat handling.