Saturday, March 16, 2013

Boats Stuck on Land

The Jade Canoe
Grounded Boat Ocean Beach

On Monday August 4th the 37 foot fishing boat Paloma ran aground at Ocean Beach just south of Seal Rock in San Francisco, California. The Captain Timothy Lybrand apparently safely swam ashore but cannot be located. It appears Mr Lybrand has a $75,000 warrant out on him.

Ocean Beach  8/4/14 Paloma

Wrecked Boat Francis Beach

On Wednesday 3/13/13 a fisherman beached a boat off of Francis Beach in Half Moon Bay. When I checked it on Saturday it was severly smashed apart. The captain had recently purchased this boat at a lein sale in Pillar Point Harbor. He anchored off of Francis Beach to do some repair. He was arrested by police and later released.

Francis Beach 3/15/13
Here is  collection of boats stuck on land, mostly old and in bad shape. Many were photographed at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, California. During winter month storms, some boats start to sink in the harbor. Others are abandoned. Rather than allow them to sink in the docks, they are towed to the beach area so that they can be easily accessed from land. Very few are saved, most are broken apart piece by piece and hauled away.
The Darling Aground
Rigging The Pull
Pacifica Drama (3/4/13)

Living on the coast you can expect drama on a regular basis, most involving fools and boats.  The 80 foot 2.8 million dollar sail boat Darling pictured here was stolen from Salsalito by 3 pirate wannabes!  They ran the yacht aground in Pacifica a short time later. This of course made the news and the Coast Guard set up a rescue unaware the vessel had been stolen. The owner of the Darling caught the news and recognized his boat, and called police. The police with guns drawn persuaded the trio to surrender and promptly put them in the local hoosegow. Inside the boat was littered with beer cans and pizza boxes.

A landing craft type salvage boat was sent in at high tide in an attempt to pull the boat free. After much tugging the tow line snapped and as of about 5pm the Darling is still grounded!

Failed Attempt
3/5/13 Up-date:  The Darling was finally freed by a tug boat about 3 am and towed to Richmond California for repairs.

3/7/13 Update: Two of the 3 people arrested for this heist were released today. A couple in their mid 50's told police that the 3rd paerty told them it was his boat, they had no idea it was stolen...............humm!

Shallow Water 10 FT Keel

Fjord Queen II Aground

The Fjord Queen II ran aground on Saturday  night October 13th 2012 at Ross's Cove, just around the corner from the Mavericks surf break near Pillar Point Harbor.  The captain was sailing the vessel alone and swam safely to shore. The boat was carrying a large haul of Albacore Tuna. Unfortunately this is not an uncommon occurrence along the treacherous waters of central California!

Fjord Queen II 10/13/12
5 Abandoned Boats Pillar Point Harbor

1/25/2011 This day 5 boats were abandoned at Pillar Point Harbor, California. A catamaran (Quickstep) 3 sailboats (2 unnamed, another named Fruedian Slip), plus an old Cabin Crusier type. Three days later all were broken up and hauled away except the cruiser.

Five Abandoned Boats 1/25/11
Phyllis J Beached 

Phyllis J. A crab fishing boat flipped on its side in the surf at Francis State Beach Half Moon Bay California early Tuesday morning, January 5th 2011, sending three crew members scrambling to the beach. All three men were reportedly uninjured. It seems that after many hours on the ocean, the crew fell asleep and thus ran aground. This boat was salvaged at least partly as it sits in dry dock in Princeton to this day over 2 years after the mishap!

Phyllis J 1/5/11
Tsunami Santa Cruz

On March 11th 2011 a Tsunami from Japan's 9.0 Earthquake arrive on the West Coast of the United States. Because of Santa Cruz's harbor geometry, 100 vessels were damaged and 18 were sunk. This photo taken on March 14th shows one of the recovered boats.

Tsunami Aftermath Santa Cruz, California

More Beached Boats Pillar Point Harbor

December 2009: The Josie C fishing vessel and an unknown sailboat.

July 2009: The Gamecock Fishing boat.

September 2006: Two fishing boats, Red Boy and unknown.

2006: Fishing Boat Sailboat Pillar Point Harbor

2003: Four boats are beached at Pillar Point Harbor,California,  the Veda M, the Bear, a sailboat just next to the Bear and unnamed boat.

Josie C Fishing Boat and Sail Boat 12/2009

Queen Charlott Islands, Canada
October 2007

Gamecock July 2009

Two fishing boats, Red Boy and unknown. September 2006

Fishing Boat Sailboat 2006
Pillar Point Harbor

Four Beached Boats  April 2003