[QUOTE=cappy208;130852]@Smack: After sitting through 1200 some odd comments there is one glaring omission.
The expectation to launch a lifeboat (in the same conditions) risks the exact same happenstance upon recovery that happened to the Triumph. So, it really is not recoverable, and damage will likely happen unless an “Exceptionally Lucky” repatriation would occur. It should be easy to see how well fiberglass (either the Triumph or the Kim Jacobs fiberglass lifeboats) would have fared in the recovery. We already see how it went for the Triumph.
There is an actual procedure that is mandated to recover a lifeboat. It uses a ‘sea painter’ to attach, which (while using the headway of the vessel) brings the lifeboat (or the Triumph in this case) together in an unstoppable fashion. This is how crews train, are educated and practice. In reality, this is how the KJ tried to bring the Triumph alongside. But what escaped them. (Both the KJ crew and the Triumph…And is probably a VALUABLE lesson here) The sea painter of the Triumph had a sea anchor attached. The drag from the sea anchor exceeded the resistance of the Triumph herself. If the sea anchor was collapsed the sea painter would have simply dragged around the bow, so the crew could retrieve it. What happened is: The sea painter with the sea anchor deployed as a drogue acted as a winch and towed the triumph up to and around the bow of the KJ! The sea Painter was actually pulling down the Stbd side of the ship (because of the ships headway) more than the triumph was resisting getting pulled UP the Port side of the ship.
Now. In that light, who was responsible for the deployment of the sea anchor? If the Triumph was pulled along side the ship (even in 10 or 15’ seas) amidships there would (could) have been a nice lee from a 900’ breakwater’. But, with the Triumph pulled to the bow, there was no lee. The problem was not that the KJ acted badly. The problem was that both vessels did not do the appropriate thing to help each other.
In the end the solution was successful. Two Human beings were saved. The boat is secondary.
Regarding the ‘absolute’ expectation of a lifeboats use: The different vessels designs makes there NO mandatory consideration. Looking at pictures of the Kim Jacob lets you see that her lifeboats are WAY aft (Aft house tanker) with quite a pronounced tumblehome. It would be folly to try to reship a lifeboat in 15’ seas, without risk to crew. The mention of ‘towing’ back would seem to indicate that the Triumph crew does not understand how much of a puke filled adventure that would have been.
Honestly, after reading his comments, it would probably be his next demand that the yacht be towed behind the lifeboat back to port too! Sometimes there’s no thanks, no matter the outcome of a job.[/QUOTE]
Hey cappy, wondering what happened to you.
I couldn’t understand what was up with the sea anchor. The ship was going to grapple it and use it as a painter?
Obviously we weren’t there but but just in general…one way to do this is approach the boat so your just setting down on them a bit and drop them down a sea painter. Once they have the painter fast drop them back to where your ladder / net etc is by slacking out the painter as you slowly bring the ship around to a good course. Once you have a good lee and the boat is alongside where you want, haul the crew aboard. The boat crew can use the way to steer the boat away from the hull of the ship to minimize smashing together Of course this is easier said then done, lots of things can go wrong including communications problems.
Years ago we sent a painter down to the crew of a sunken log ship that was in a raft and instead of making it fast to the raft the crewmember that caught the painter tied it to himself and signaled for us to pull him up!