July 9, 2022

Sportfish Yacht Sinks in Pensacola Pass

A sixteen meter sportfish yacht with nine persons onboard sank while entering the Pensacola Pass, on the morning of ninth June just after 1030 hours.  The yacht hit the USS Massachusetts artificial reef located one an half miles which in low tide is tricky and a navigational hazard, damaging its starboard rudder, and prop shaft to take on water and started sinking.  Hearing the MayDay Pensacola Coast Guard sent a thirteen meter Response Boat which was patrolling the area, who assisted the crew in just ten minutes after the call, and led all nine persons to safety.  The sportfish located near the Massachusetts still partly floating was a navigational hazard and was reported as lost on the twelfth July, that is until the yacht finally was found and salvaged on the morning of fourteenth July. 
The sportfish in this sinking is a second generation Ocean Yachts 50 Super Sport, released in 2004 and still offered today.  The 50 Super Sport replaced the best selling 48 and became popular for its three cabins layout, and comfortable medium-V hull shape closing at 15.5 degrees.  The Ocean Yachts 50 Super Sport is standard powered with twin Cats 715hp, optional up to 1015hp, reaching speeds up to 35 knots with the last large engine option.

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