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    Default Portsmouth dock crash

    Anyone got any theories on this...? good job Ben Ainslie's shiny £100M AC boat wasn't there !

    https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/tr...ocks-1-9060973

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Mechanical or alcohol.

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Love the sign "Guard" on the side. Certainly not guarding very well.
    If my foresight was as good as my hindsight, I would be a multi-millionaire.

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Sterling effort from the bloke fwd with the big fender....

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    First Mate showed me that on Youtube earlier today.

    We were thinking of taking the boat into the Camber and taking lunch at the Bridge Tavern.

    Changed my mind...................................

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Quote Originally Posted by henryf View Post
    Mechanical or alcohol.
    Mm, having read the article most people seemed to think it was mechanical, gears became stuck or something similar. Could have been much much worse.

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Quote Originally Posted by henryf View Post
    Mechanical or alcohol.
    A very competent Unlimited Master whom I know, with years of experience was in a similar situation - he hit the engine stop buttons but still did a lot of damage. It was a broken gearbox linkage meaning no astern.

    Why question alcohol? Just because it looks like a fishing boat???

    Never approach anything faster than you want to hit it...

    PW
    Last edited by PilotWolf; 07-09-19 at 00:50.
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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    We saw a ship hit a dock in St George's bay, SW Grenada, it couldn't get it's engine of gear and made a huge V in the concrete.

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Quote Originally Posted by Luminescent View Post
    Mm, having read the article most people seemed to think it was mechanical, gears became stuck or something similar.
    Does seem likely, but I wouldn’t take the article as any kind of authority. It attributes the gearbox theory to “the public and others around the harbour” - ie the reporter asked a couple of random passers-by on the quayside and one of them said “maybe the gearbox got stuck?”

    Pete

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    Default Re: Portsmouth dock crash

    Quote Originally Posted by prv View Post
    Does seem likely, but I wouldn’t take the article as any kind of authority. It attributes the gearbox theory to “the public and others around the harbour” - ie the reporter asked a couple of random passers-by on the quayside and one of them said “maybe the gearbox got stuck?”

    Pete
    Still better than most of the UK press right now, at least they asked someone and didn't just make it up themselves.

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