Originally Posted by Edward R. CozziHad a sea trial yesterday as part of a survey on a 115' Norship. Gorgeous yacht, 25' beam, 1800 hp MTU diesels, 2 generators, all the whistles and bells, worth about $4 million.
Very rough seas yesterday, the mega-yacht with her Niaid stabilizers handled it beautifully and was amazing in every respect.
About three miles out we lose power in one engine, then a few seconds later the other. Then both generators shut off about 30 seconds from each other. We start rocking so violently from side-to-side that the interior of the boat starts self-distructing. We can't figure out why everything stopped because you can't make your way down to the engine room. There was no power to lower the anchors, so we finally lowered one manually to get the boat at least pointed in the right direction.
For three hours we bobbed along like a cork. I was okay the first hour, but I became so seasick I prayed for the Good Lord to let me die. Finally SeaTow came out with two boats and brought us back in.
Turns out the fuel transfer pump failed and couldn't refill the day-tanks that we were running from. We had 700 gallons on board, but couldn't get it to the tanks it needed to be in.
I have been queasy before, but never as ill as I was yesterday.
I was considering changing my line of work!