Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

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By an edhat reader
October 9, 2019
 

At some point before Saturday the 5th or October 2019, a large private sailing yacht wrecked into the reef just off a beach in Goleta.  The unidentified ship is located on the UCSB west campus Nature Preserve at Coil Oil Point.  The incident is confusing and alarming, especially since the entire area the ship is located in is off limits to powered craft.  The wrecked boat is currently sitting there on shore, stuck on a protected reef, as it has been since at least Friday night.  as far as I can tell the owner has abandoned the craft.  According to Maritime Salvage law the ship can be lawfully claimed by any person or entity for salvage title claim.  The County of Santa Barbara provides 72 hours for notice by owners before the County assumes Salvage Claim Ownership.  in this case their contract with Marborg for the removal of said waste kicks in.  To my suprise, though the ship has not moved since Saturday.  Furthermore, the ship is not clearly labeled with a name or State ID numbers, leading me to believe this is not a local craft.  There a many possibilities here.  Despite these blaring red flags, no effort is underway to remediate the craft.  If anyone can help me out with some understanding of this nonsense situation, I would love to be clued in...


By an edhat reader
October 6, 2019

Grounded sailboat at Coal Oil Point? Word of mouth was that is was there yesterday.

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pstarSR Oct 10, 2019 02:22 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

even though the time frame is 3 days, it takes a bit longer to plan for tides and to actually come up with a plan, a safe plan. To remove the craft. I have seen boats on east beach area after storms for sometimes a week or more.

andrewbaker77 Oct 10, 2019 10:37 AM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

I'm always amazed when I return from third world living, how freaked out people get about the smallest things here.

Flicka Oct 10, 2019 09:35 AM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

It should be interesting to get the rest of the story. Who owns the boat and how did this happen?

a-1571479817 Oct 10, 2019 09:27 AM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

The OP sounds like the same lady who was freaking out about the Funk Zone sign a couple weeks ago. Turning a nothing into an "urgent and critical" situation.

GeneralTree Oct 09, 2019 10:35 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

Im not certain how this qualifies as a "nonsensical situation." You lost me there.

a-1571479817 Oct 09, 2019 07:56 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

"Blaring" does not apply to the color red or flags. "Glaring," maybe.

pxn Oct 09, 2019 06:00 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

This boat may be where the mountain lion has been hiding out, waiting to ambush a surfer.

GeneralTree Oct 09, 2019 10:31 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

I thought it turned out to be a rabid bobcat or pack of feral cats.

a-1571479817 Oct 09, 2019 05:50 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

What do you expect the "powers that be" to do to remediate this situation? Putting men and equipment in harm's way to appease public angst over the health of a rocky reef is irrational and absurd. There is nothing to be done, safely, until the vessel reaches the beach where Public Works heavy equipment can crush and break up the hulk for transport to the landfill. Salvage operations are not cheap and they don't pay for themselves.

SBSBSBSBSBsb Oct 09, 2019 02:02 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

Can someone show me where it says powered boats aren't allowed in the area? That is news to me, boats go through there all the time on their way up the coast. Boats over a certain size can be registered with the US Coast Guard. When the boats are registered with the CG they do not need CF numbers. There are hundreds of boats in the harbor without CF numbers so it could be local. As far as salvage, it can be a long process of removing all the fuel, oil, and other fluids before they can remove the boat itself. They are afraid something might get further damaged while dragging the boat back out to sea or while demolishing it so they need to be certain there are no hazardous materials on board. Nothing here is alarming and there are zero blaring red flags.

a-1571479817 Oct 09, 2019 02:12 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

Also, sailboats are not considered "powered vessels" when they are using sail power.

jonibebadd Oct 08, 2019 09:17 AM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

anchor slipped overnight while sleeping saturday early am. got pushed into the reef and now stuck waiting for a big tide. luckily it's a steel hull so should hold together.

BobRoberts Oct 06, 2019 05:51 PM
Shipwreck Off Coal Oil Point

Oh Bra it's just like dude, you get the best barrels ever dude. Just like you pull in you just get spit right out of em, you just drop in and smack the lip WAHPOW drop them then BRAAA and after that you just drop in and ride the barrel and get pitted SO pitted like that

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