September 1, 2022

Lobster Cruiser Ends Aground in Skye Scotland

A fourteen meter traditional cruiser with three people onboard ended aground in the West of Skye, to the West of Scotland on 1230 hours of September the first.  The traditional cruiser was apparently speeding at sustained planning speeds entering into a channel, but ended up too far inshore, hitting the reefs in this navigational error.  Stornaway Coast Guard received a mixed call for assistance with the Burra Lifeboat having problems in finding the three crew, as the boat ran aground in a communication black spot. No one was injured in the accident with the boat taking a lot of damage to its central keel, chines, propellers, shafts, and hull side.  Surprisingly the P-brackets which hold the shafts resisted the collision and did not penetrate the hull, in part thanks to the protection the central keel provides. 
The fourteen meter traditional cruiser in this accident is a Rapsody 48 Offshore model.  Inspired to a traditional down East lobster boat, the Rapsody 48 Offshore was produced from 2000 up to 2008, offering an interior with two double cabins sleeping four, and is powered by twin Yanmar 440hp good for 28 knots of top speed. 

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