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    Default Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth


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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    From a year ago, assuming it is the same incident

    http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...dy-in-Weymouth
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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

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    Repeating the above

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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    It's a report of the inquest.

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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    You are Alant and I claim my 5€

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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    It's a report of the inquest.
    , Yep, read the article it concludes the accident happened April 16th last year.

    Seems it was a home made cradle 20 years old. The crushed support pictured looks as though it had corroded through and was an accident waiting to happen.
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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    Quote Originally Posted by oldharry View Post
    The crushed support pictured looks as though it had corroded through and was an accident waiting to happen.
    The coroner accepted the view of an unnamed expert witness that the cradle was "found to have been fit for purpose but it was lowering the props without providing additional support which was the problem".

    Very sad.
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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    Quote Originally Posted by oldharry View Post
    Seems it was a home made cradle 20 years old. The crushed support pictured looks as though it had corroded through and was an accident waiting to happen.
    I don't think so. Home-made cradles often tend to be over-engineered. The crushed support was at the forward starboard side of the boat. I imagine the owner wound the support pad away from the boat so he could antifoul under it, leaving the boat unstable. If a gust of wind then started to topple the boat, it would have hit the support pad with enough force to buckle the tubular pole. Sad, but any boater should know that you don't take cradle pads off without arranging sturdy alternatives.

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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    Quote Originally Posted by pvb View Post
    I imagine the owner wound the support pad away from the boat so he could antifoul under it, leaving the boat unstable.
    The article confirms that:

    "Mr Keeler, an electronics engineer and company director, made it unstable after he lowered one of the cradle's supporting props to allow him to paint the bottom of the hull."

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    Default Re: Boat falls off cradle killing owner at Weymouth

    Quote Originally Posted by pvb View Post
    I don't think so. Home-made cradles often tend to be over-engineered.
    And that looks like an Acrow prop, which should have been well up to the job of balancing a four ton boat, but not the sideways load when the boat started falling and spinning.
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