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Old 01-08-2007, 03:02 PM
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Very sad situation.Condolences to the family.


I would think most V hulls in a bad/fast stuff would fail or atleast show some damage?
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I would think most V hulls in a bad/fast stuff would fail or atleast show some damage?
It depends on the hull. I've seen Cig 35's thay have been stuffed hard- one at least 3 times I know of- and no damage at all. I stuffed my Apache on lake Michigan and thought I'd broken it in half- not a nick on it. I saw Rocky's 38 Cobra and it just had 8' of the nose snapped off. Like a giant pinched it off. We've also all see the videos of boats that blew into splinters. It depends about 90% on the boat's construction.
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As a former power play worker and Captain I have Personally stuffed at over 75 mph in ten foot gulfstream waves and filled the cockpit to my waste. Restarted the 502's and punched it right back up on top granted the woman in the rear seat that would not hold on slipped and broke her ankle but the only damage the boat took was the forward hatch bent when the deck flexed as it was designed to do to deflect impact stress totally bonded hull to deck and stringers vinylester boats that are by far the finest ever built . The reason it broke is there was not enough water under it the bottom of the ocean at 70mph plus down ward impact is the reason for this tragedy. May we all learn from these mistakes
So what you are saying is the boat stuffed and hit the bottom on the Ocean? That might be true because they were in shallow type of water. Does the report indicated the water depth at the crash site?
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I heard they were well offshore, over a mile. Plenty of water there.
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I agree with the earlier post on a "stuff"...Driving around on smooth water jumping your own boat wake can supprise oneself.
I would like to see where the tabs and drives where set at when they pulled it out of the water.

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Old 01-08-2007, 03:57 PM
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Sad indeed
I can say that I saw a fountain stuff and hit the bottom. I think it was around 1996 in Key West. A Fountain called "Heart Beat" (I believe B class) stuffed in roughly 15-18' of water. The impact with the ocean floor left very similar damage.
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. Does the report indicated the water depth at the crash site?
Water depth was estimated at 10 to 15 ft by someone who was on the scene.
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More bad news.
The body of a 20-year-old Naples man was pulled from the waters off Marco Island around 1:30 this afternoon, officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

Rescuers found James Molter less than three miles from the Marco Pass where a boat he was riding in with his mother, sister and future brother-in-law crashed Saturday, killing all of them. His younger sister Jennifer, 16, was hurt in the accident. She was treated and released from Naples Community Hospital.

Investigators still don't know what caused the wreck.

All five passengers were sitting close together with Jennifer farthest from the impact, said FWC Capt. Jayson Horadam.

It's believed Jennifer was ejected over the top of the debris field on impact, he said.

Rescuers also found a 3-foot portion of the 32-foot Powerplay boat's bow section.

Collier County Sheriff's divers pulled James Molter's body from the water.
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Here is the entrance to the river. I can't tell the distance, but it gives an idea of depths right outside.

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