I just want to send my condolances and prayers to everyone involved in this horrable insident. Very sad.
Of cource I'm very interested to find out what happened to this boat sence I have a 02 33 Powerplay with 496HO's. I think there is an awful lot of simularitys to the Pepe's accedent. Allthough that boat had been re-rigged after it left Powerplay (lightend and balist tanks moved forward) it seems to be the same type of damage. High speed. ocean swells and shallow water ( 10' to 12' ). Trip the boat and stuff the nose into the bottom while the back of the boat goes over at 70,80,90mph and you have this kind of catastrophy. I've looked at several PP's and never seen as much as a spyder crack in one, if there was a crack in that boat I couldn't imagine what it took to do that. Who knows. I just hope they find out the exact cause.
I agree this is not the thread to discuss this and i will drop it, but just to let you know i just got done reading about this tragedy and then clicked on that link. Did not sit well with me.
As I said before by the looks of that boat not sure lifejackets would made a difference, and ironically i think the safest place to be riding my have been the sunpad.
My heart goes out to the families.
Life vests are great and I have even sent letters to the mags about it, but they don't always save lives, sometimes they just make it easier to recover. I hope we find out what happened and that is probably something that the grieving father and sister wants to know as well.
Is there a "life" span for the fiberglass? Does it get weaker after a certain period? Are boats not as safe a certain number of years?
They found the 4th victim.
Boater's body found off Marco Island
MARCO ISLAND — The body of a 20-year-old man, the fourth person killed in a boating crash, has been recovered, authorities said.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Dive Team found James Molter’s body in about 20 feet of water just after 1 p.m. Monday, said Dani Moschella of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Also killed in Saturday’s crash were Molters mother, Linda Molter, 42; his sister Meagan, 22; and Meagan's fiance, Harper Simpson, 31.
The sole survivor was 16-year-old Jennifer Molter. She was treated for a hip injury and bruises at Naples Community Hospital and released Saturday.
The 30-foot boat did not collide with another boat or hit a fix object. The crash probably occurred when the boat hit the water the wrong way, wildlife commission’s Lt. Roy Payne said. About 80 percent of the boat has been retrieved and will be reconstructed by wildlife commission investigators to study the dynamics of the crash.
The boat belonged to Simpson, who bought the vessel about four weeks ago.
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