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Is that not an AR240? 9+3 is within the limit, and 3 kids they should for sure be under the weight limit.Overloaded and perhaps they took a wave over the bow. Glad everyone survived but I do see a lot of overloaded boats in some serious chop around here. Just takes one good wave over the bow and a panic situation.
Everyone it appeared had a life preserver on which was definitely a very good thing that probably saved some lives.
I agree with Julian, that looks like a skeg to me as well. Here is a link to the unedited bodycam video.
Without knowing anything more than you posted there…. And I am not Monday morning quarter backing here.Found this short summary on-line, one year later.
From the article, "After he was safe ashore with his family, the boat owner told FWC officer Britton Corbin—who had just pulled his wife out of the Gulf of Mexico—how he got into the predicament in the first place. It was May 22, 2020, the Friday before Memorial Day. He’d taken the 21-foot inboard out the pass to have a look at the Gulf when a large wave broke over the bow, depositing some six inches of water in the boat. A second wave crashed over the bow and the operator turned back toward the bay. The third wave came over the stern, flooding the boat and killing the engine."
The deck drain is one of the only reasons I even considered taking my 19ft on the gulf this summer. I've taken a wave over the bow on an inland lake, as well as left the drain plug out more times than I care to admit. watching how long it takes to get a boat "re-emptied" after something like that scares the crap out of me. However, compare that to some of the "sub move" conversations and videos here, and you can tell how much easier it is to get the water back OUT of the boat with a deck drain.Without knowing anything more than you posted there…. And I am not Monday morning quarter backing here.
This is why I want to add two more deck drains and a second larger bilge pump, like 1500gph/25gpm for just such an oh snap occasion. Again, I do not know anything more than what is printed, but anytime I am motoring all the hatches are firmly latched down (think Edmund Fitzgerald) to keep any rogue water from flowing right down into the bilge and not out the deck drain.
Even with a PFD that water could easily drown a seasoned swimmer.I admit I struggle to believe any capable swimmer would have perished with so many near by to help in warm water, but I'm sure they were happy they had them on.
These other unlucky folks on the other hand made some poor choices and PFDs (and their absence) played a MAJOR role:
Yep. I would never make the assumption you’re good in water in any situation.Even with a PFD that water could easily drown a seasoned swimmer.
100% agreeIf you can freestyle swim and take a breath you’re an above average swimmer in the general population.
I do the same, people look at me weird when I ask if they can swim or not. I’ve had one person that said they could swim but not well so they got to wear a PFD for the day. The teenagers also wear their life vests when we are out. I also have a short safety talk each time I take people out.100% agree
Had a husband of my wifes friend come on the boat with us a few summers ago. We got through the entire planning stage, got the boat on the water, and to the point where he is IN the water with a square throwable. It gets away from him and he starts flailing a bit so I swim over and get him settled and the float back to him.......THIS MOMENT......is when he decides to tell me he can't swim........We're in 60+ft of water that I can't see past my toes while floating, and I had no idea he was completely incapable of doing anything but "moving like he sees people on TV". I now ask every single person that gets on the boat if they can swim or not, and at what level. If I have a non-swimmer aboard, then life vests are on the deck within arms reach of myself or them, because I can't trust that they'll stay on top of the water on their own. Doubly so in a panic situation.
Just because you're on a boat doesn't mean you can swim, and just because you keep your head on top of the water in a pool doesn't mean you can swim.
Yeah if you watch the unedited video, you can see the engine cover floating up and its a padded sun pad.