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No progress on salvage of Swan 57 that hit a reef in Fiji

03 Sep 2015

 

Jack Hargraves, an Auckland-based yachtie who spends a lot of time in Fiji, has posted on Facebook the story of an old Swan 57 that ran aground on a reef near Musket Cove. Apparently the owner was sailing single-handed, coming in from Suva, when he hit the reef at 1am on August 26.

There was an immediate and unsuccessful attempt to refloat the yacht. The first suggestion was to try to pull her to the ocean side of the reef, a distance of about 400 metres. In his FB post, Jack was not keen on this idea as it involved a long distance and any lines were likely to snag on the reef. He was proved right.

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Strong winds were hampering the salvage attempts and the owner was in a bad way, both mentally and physically. To add to the woes it was discovered there was bad delamination on the starboard side. So the plan was to flip her onto her port side so the starboard damage could be fixed, but airbags were not immediately available. Three longboats full of gear, all soaked in salt water and diesel, were brought ashore.

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By this stage the job of salvage was passed to professionals, which as Jack commented, makes it expensive. We will keep you updated with progress.

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Sad but understandable.

 

Sailing around the islands, Noumea and Fiji you do not sailing solo, or two handed. Three or more is required especially at his age. A 57 footer trying to enter Musket cove at 01.00 hrs. Advertisers regularly for crew to Fiji at the seasons beginning and crew for the return voyage to nz for NZ's summer.

 

He previously some years ago always requested that all crew contributed to stores as a crew member, no free on board and insisted crew pay their own transport costs an option that would have been cheaper.

 

How much are crew members worth?

 

Bad planning to have a ETA 01.00 hrs. with no crew also.

 

 

 

Another SWAN, SOUTHERN hemisphere result for swan yachts additional to the other N H. Note the comment re bad delamination. Should not get delamination if correct wax free resins are used, the proper preparation between glass layers and temperatures, moisture conditions are monitored. Another swan is under investigation 90 footer that snapped in half most recently NH.  Cause unknown until report is published.

 

Donations and funding from this forum readers a possibility.

 

 He used this site to advertised for crew on this [ crew wanted ] forum most times.

 

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UPDATE ON GROUNDED YACHT IN FIJI
We are aware that several concerted attempts by local yachtsmen along with the assistance of a large tug have to date been to no avail , Sadly The yacht remains on the reef frown emoticon
The weather has been co-operating with small swell and very little wind however the tides are dropping with the waning moon . 
The yacht needs to be flipped and hole on stb side blocked . Further salvage attempts are planned for the coming days . If operation not underway in next couple of days success looking doubtful.
Owner is looking much better and we all hope it works well for him. He wants his boat back in action !

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UPDATE ON GROUNDED YACHT IN FIJI

We are aware that several concerted attempts by local yachtsmen along with the assistance of a large tug have to date been to no avail , Sadly The yacht remains on the reef frown emoticon

The weather has been co-operating with small swell and very little wind however the tides are dropping with the waning moon . 

The yacht needs to be flipped and hole on stb side blocked . Further salvage attempts are planned for the coming days . If operation not underway in next couple of days success looking doubtful.

Owner is looking much better and we all hope it works well for him. He wants his boat back in action !

 

 

Thanks

 

Have link to what might appear to be to yacht on the reef.

 

http://www.panoramio.com/map/#lt=-17.847542&ln=177.190359&z=-2&k=2&a=1&tab=1&pl=all  

 

 

Do you know which reef the vessel is on and which entrance he used to enter.

 

Main entrance some distance from the position the hyper link showing the reef where the vessel could be.

 

If that's the case he was not using his charts or took a detour. Can't imagine how he got there.

 

But SOLO sailing, tried, lacking sleep and age, the possible combine cause. On auto pilot perhaps to read chart, GPS on magnetic

N rather than true N perhaps. USA Doing a military bombing  / sortie exercise some where and the GPS, not on or switched to non US military,  error factor by them whilst the military where using for precession targeting.

 

Main reef entrance.

 

 

http://www.panoramio.com/map/#lt=-17.923403&ln=177.212894&z=3&k=2&a=1&tab=1&pl=all

 

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Thanks for that.

 

Which reef?

 

Can you give a hyperlink to view from the satellites so we can watch the sinking or destruction or a successful damaged salvage.

 

Showing all the signs it being a insurance claim heading for a total loss.

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