32 sundancer goes down off FLA

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  1. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Active Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
  2. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Anacortes Washington
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 Charts Timezero radar Furuno
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Never boated in Florida. Do a lot of people take small boats that far off shore?
  3. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    More information about the circumstances would be interesting and educational. Wonder what the root cause of the mishap was.
  4. Soulshine

    Soulshine Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454

    No mention of the cause but I did find this pic taken from the rescue vessel.

    He didn’t have much time left.
  5. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX/Port Richey, FL
    2005 420 Sundancer w/T-8.1S Horizons
    2011 Four Winns H240 w/Volvo 8.1 DPi
    I don't see that he's wearing a life jacket and yet I see them laying around the boat in the picture posted in the article. I wonder if it just went down so fast that he didn't have time to grab one.
  6. Soulshine

    Soulshine Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    Hard to tell. He looks bulky in the pic but that could mean nothing.

    Hard to believe that anyone on a sinking boat wouldn’t grab a jacket or put one on at the early signs.
  7. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
  8. Chris-380

    Chris-380 Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2019
    Pontoon Beach IL
    2000 380 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizon w/V drives
    Sounds like he was in the cabin and was awoken by it filling with water, lucky to get out alive if that was the case
  9. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    I am really surprised it stayed afloat considering there are very few sealed areas that have any floatation on Sundancers. It looks like the cabin must have held air for a while before it leaked out through the anchor locker access panel at the bow end. For you all that are boating on the ocean, might make sense to run a bead of silicone sealant around the perimeter of that panel to buy some extra time in an emergency. Or maybe there are so many other places for air to escape it wouldn't matter much.
  10. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    Yes - In that area (Canaveral) the gulf stream is well offshore, so anglers need to travel to get to the fish
  11. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    One thought is the stern went under forcing him to escape through the hatch over the berth. That brings up a potential safety issue on my own boat. My Life jackets are all stored under the companion seat in the cockpit. I think I'll move a couple of them into the cabin. There should also be either a portable VHF or a remote mic in the cabin for similar reasons.
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  12. kvduff

    kvduff Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 22, 2011
    Long Island N.Y.
    1998 450 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126 -420hp
    86 miles off shore? He really is past his limit if he intended on coming back! Max range on that boat is probably no more than 140 miles.
  13. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Could he have experienced the problem then drifted further out?

    I have been along the coast - typically just skirting those shoals. Don't really have any perspective on what the current is like in that area, if there is any.
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  14. ocgrant

    ocgrant Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 460
    Yamaha EX-R
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Won't travel without it...priceless!!!

  15. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    Agreed, we have a Epirb mounted in the cockpit but they are a larger investment. For Less of an investment ( but should have even with an Epirb) is a ditch bag with a smaller PLB, (I have the one I had for my 340DA in there) food, water, and portable VHF. If I am making a longer run I always have the ditch bag near me ready to go. Takes 2min to put everything in it. I have a list of what goes in it written on a floating water proof bag in sharpie so I don’t forget anything.
  16. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    If he was in the stream, that's typically 6 knots Northbound. He should move to Ft. Lauderdale where the stream is about 1/2 mile offshore.
  17. yobub

    yobub Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jul 29, 2016
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's

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  18. hughespat57

    hughespat57 Active Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Rock Hill, SC
    300 Sundancer 1994, trailered tri-axle LoadRite roller
    Mercruiser 5.7 260HP Alpha One Gen II, twin
  19. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    And so, in another thread about a first time boat owner asking about what is the first thing he should learn, and I said "learn to swim", and i was right. Huh, Huh, damn right i was right. can i get a high-fiver! well, maybe dont leave the bilge plug out when going 86 miles offshore. really dont need one when on plane and rocking, but coming to a stop? different matter. You are welcome.
  20. hughespat57

    hughespat57 Active Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Rock Hill, SC
    300 Sundancer 1994, trailered tri-axle LoadRite roller
    Mercruiser 5.7 260HP Alpha One Gen II, twin
    16 years in South Florida near Lake Worth Inlet/Jupiter Inlet diving boating with my brother in laws.
    Didnt have my 300 then but 86 miles is beyond my 1/3 rule. 1/3 fuel out, 1/3 back, 1/3 for reserve would have me at 70 miles out maximum.
    We plan to take her to the Bahamas next year but one way is only 95 miles.
    I have an EPIRB mounted inside of the radar arch behind the helm in a hydrostatic release.
    DSC-VHF has remote in the forward cabin it has an intercom function and remote speaker. Just installed it for convenience. Never thought of emergency below deck but it has the DSC emergency button on the remote too. Also have an older ICOM VHF and a ICOM M600 SSB mounted in salon.
    Just paint me paranoid...

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