Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
The Carley Renee was skippered by Sam Cotton's son. I'm told that other skippers declined due to the issues with the vessel.
I skippered the Carley Renee for 2 and 1/2 months prior the current skipper and its rollover. The Carley Renee was well equipped and a safe and stable boat. I don't know the circumstances of its rollover but it was not an inherent problem with the vessel.
Sure sounds like a stability problem, somehow...w/2,000 gal. of fuel on....23 knot winds and a following sea...does not make for dangerous conditions.... How many possibilties are there?...Well, let's see...At a glance... 1)Too many pots, thereby raising the boat's meta-center, and lowering the stability rating. 2)A slack tank, causing a free-surface effect.Increasing the rolling period, and prolonging the time before returning to center point. 3)A mechanical failure, such as a faulty sea-chest, or lazerette hatch failing to be properly secured. 4)Failure of high water alarms, rendering a moot situation. 5)An unsafe navigational maneuver in present weather conditions. 6)A deckload that is Not properly secured. 7)A combination of the above.So, which was it?
an internal weld seam failure on the fuel tank?
That would cause a free surface effect. Maybe Rudder or shaft packing failure?
having worked on a boat with both the skippers father and his son, i feel it had to have been some sort of issue with the boat.
I was one of the crew members. There was no alarms. Weather was calm. Had less pots than the night before when the weather was worse. It was was of those things that just happens without an understanding of why. And Sam Cotten's son was not running it at the time, but was on board.
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