February 13, 2021

Custom Sportifsh Yacht Hits Whale and Sinks

A sixteen meter custom sportfish yacht titled m/y About Time with eight crew onboard sank after hitting a whale in the inbound channel to Conch House Marina in St. Augustine Florida just before 1830 hours of February 12.  About Time was cruising at 21 knots when it hit a young calf whale female and its mother, stopping at a standstill and both its engines turning off on impact.  About Time received substantial damage in the collision with its starboard strut and propeller cutting into the hull and opening a breach, and only the capable hands of captain Shane Ryan made this a lesser accident, with him managing to turn the port-side engine on and taking the crew to safety before leaving the sportfish yacht partly sink in a mudflat outside the inlet.  The young calf whale was found dead a day later on the beach of Anastasia state park near the inlet with visible propeller wounds on its back and a fractured skull.  The sportfish yacht was recovered and taken to a boat yard for extensive repairs.
Georgia officials reported that there have been at least five reported whale collision in the South East coast since 2005, which include a collision with a thirteen meter Grand Banks in 2005, and another with a thirty foot Pursuit in 2009.
M/y About Time previously named Starlite the sportfish yacht in this collision is a fully custom Jarrett Bay 54 Sportfisherman hull #25 launched in July 1999.  Build in cold moulding with the jig method Jarrett Bay hull #25 offers accommodation for five in two cabins and is powered by twin Cats 1000hp giving a top speed up to 36 knots.

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