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This rock has sunk some boats, including mine.
By:Tom Young
Date: 8/8/2013, 4:42 am

Not the rocks fault. It was the same scenario for us. We sailed through at High tide, which covers this unmarked rock(referred to as Goose Rocks in the article, a nearby larger rock that doesn't cover).

I was piloting on a chart, carelessly, and thought I was clear. Our centerboard, drawing 8', was levered upward by the rock, the linkage bound up inside the trunk-the trunk was pushed up off the keel and like a battering ram- and punched through the cabintop. With a foot sized hole below the waterline, we immediately started to sink and took our only option, to drive the boat up on a nearby rocky island(old story).

The 70' Archangel, yesterday, had a slightly different outcome. She draws 8 to 10 feet so the rock skewered her in place with such force, the mast fell. It sounds like she could be saved if she can get to Wayfarers travel lift today. I remember breathing a huge sigh of relief, after a night of jury rigged repairs, when Xmas was finally in those slings.

Here's the article in local Penbay Pilot. My family refers to this rock as "Devils Rock" If you have chart ware, it's the lone rock to the north of Goose Rocks, "obstruction that covers",....

http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/coast-guard-wayfarer-marine-respond-sailboat-aground-lasell-island/18669

Messages In This Thread

This rock has sunk some boats, including mine. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 4:42 am
Ouch... I'm guessing there will be a serious reduction in her $2.4 million asking price.... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/8/2013, 5:34 am
It's marked and the crowd sourced data accurate -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 6:37 am
I believe you are looking in the wrong spot.... -- Bruce B -- 8/8/2013, 6:42 am
Hmmm. Here's another screen shot -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 6:53 am
That's the right area -- Gail -- 8/8/2013, 10:24 am
Wrong Goose Rocks... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/8/2013, 6:52 am
There are several "Stone Barringtons" and "Rock Stones" too if you read the Stewart Woods crap -- Phil -- 8/8/2013, 5:56 pm
Here is a picture of the latest.... -- Bruce B -- 8/8/2013, 6:39 am
The question is -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 6:56 am
Some interesting discrepancies between this Garmin view, and yours of the paper chart... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/8/2013, 7:37 am
Or you can take an alternate route across -- Gail -- 8/8/2013, 10:36 am
Lousy iPad camera shot.... -- Bruce B -- 8/8/2013, 6:58 am
It's possible, but I'm betting it's the rock to Northeast of East Goose Rocks, Bruce. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 7:55 am
I don't think the rock has moved, digitally or otherwise, Jon. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 7:00 am
Here's the spot. It's a wide open heavily traveled path. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 7:28 am
While the boat appears to be built like a tank, the spar is questionable. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 7:37 am
Yup, I'd say so... Interesting that it was an in-mast furling rig... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/8/2013, 8:15 am
Like the man says..... -- Bruce B -- 8/8/2013, 8:43 am
Certainly appears in-mast furling may have created the weak spot in that rig... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/9/2013, 4:49 am
Here's Ben's shot indicating the point of failure... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/9/2013, 4:54 am
Consequences! -- Bruce B -- 8/9/2013, 5:11 am
Definitely one of the advantages to a system like Leisure-Furl... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/9/2013, 5:54 am
Backstay failed in the crash? -- SG -- 8/9/2013, 6:36 pm
I wouldn't think so, I'm still a bit surprised the rig came down... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/10/2013, 4:59 am
Good info -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 8:09 am
This thread is ongoing @ Sailnet and some mentioned your hazzard post. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 8:55 am
Why no day danger mark? -- GeneC -- 8/8/2013, 8:37 am
Maybe they should leave a wreck there -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 9:54 am
There are just too many hazzards like that on the coast of Maine. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 10:22 am
That's the essence of cruising in Maine -- Richard Messier -- 8/8/2013, 3:25 pm
Any good cruiser should be able to spot shoals... -- GeneC -- 8/8/2013, 3:36 pm
Not so easy when the water is turbid -- Larry - DH -- 8/9/2013, 4:38 am
Granted... and a lot depends on keel length... -- GeneC -- 8/9/2013, 8:34 am
There's a slightly wider route just to the south of there -- Gail -- 8/8/2013, 10:30 am
Exactly - A much safer route through to the South, but... -- SG -- 8/8/2013, 10:00 pm
I guess I'm a super-paranoid navigator -- Gail -- 8/9/2013, 9:38 am
As I like to observe: It is better have rocks in you glass rather than your fiberglass -- SG -- 8/9/2013, 6:32 pm
It's safest to by-pass the whole area, but those islands are routinely sailed by many boats. -- Tom Young -- 8/9/2013, 4:26 am
Curtis island? Seriously? The one with the big LIGHTHOUSE on it? -- Gail -- 8/9/2013, 9:41 am
Yes, ran a classic wooden commuter yacht up on the rocks around Curtis Island. -- Tom Young -- 8/9/2013, 3:05 pm
Scuttlebutt is over, lips are sealed,... CG has started an investigation. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 10:18 am
The images in that article -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 10:25 am
That zooming out issue is a real problem IMO -- Max Fletcher -- 8/8/2013, 10:55 am
Now THAT sounds like a trip I want to hear about, get your ass in gear, Max (grin) -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/8/2013, 11:29 am
Can't wait for pics, Max. I think the zoom in wouldn't apply here. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 11:50 am
Is that screen on your iPad? -- Larry - DH -- 8/8/2013, 12:01 pm
Your're good, Larry. -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 12:15 pm
Specualtion time? I'm in. Archangel, and hour out of Camden, with Captain, cook and 6 passengers,... -- Tom Young -- 8/8/2013, 11:07 am
I'd guess you're right on the money, Tom... -- Jon Eisberg -- 8/8/2013, 11:28 am
Coming into our marina this evening.. -- Al Schober -- 8/8/2013, 7:15 pm
This thread reminds me of one of Don Street's yarns . . . -- Jeremy McGeary -- 8/8/2013, 8:26 pm
That's the way navigation used to be -- Larry - DH -- 8/9/2013, 9:53 am
I just read a couple of books written over 100 years ago -- Jeremy McGeary -- 8/9/2013, 7:50 pm
As the generations go by, our old salts today are pretty lame. -- Tom Young -- 8/10/2013, 3:29 am
YACHTING 100 + years ago -- Neil -- 8/11/2013, 11:14 am

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