Friday, July 31, 2009

How not to splash a new boat (forwarded photo)

Splash and bottoms up: Steve Hayner of Maverick Productions forwarded three pictures that gave a good example of how not to launch a 55-foot, 1.5-million-dollar yacht. Perhaps someone knows the original source of this photo, which shows what happens when a mega yacht meets bad rigging.

See Tillerman's comment below for the link to the incident verification and reference to; the incident seems to have actually happened in 2007 while the yacht was being loaded onto a cargo ship in the United Arab Emirates.


At 12:44 PM, August 02, 2009, Blogger Tillerman said...

According to this is not a photoshop but a genuine picture of a real accident...

The mishap occurred on 7 March 2007 at Port Jebel Ali (a man-made harbor in the Gulf of Arabia outside Dubai, UAE). When the pictured $1.5 million Carver 55' Marquis Motor Yacht was being lifted aboard a cargo ship by slings for transport to the U.S., it slipped out of the forward sling, plunged bow-first into the water, and capsized, with the friction from the rear sling tearing off the yacht's propellers, shafts, struts, and drive train.

A marketing representative with Carver Yachts confirmed that this explanation is basically correct: "We are aware of this accident. The sling broke while it was being placed in the water. They are legitimate pictures that you have forwarded on to us."


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