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    Richards Bay South Africa
    Sea Minx hull 6 of Giden;s Fastcats
    First production Green Motion boat
    Up in Flames.
    Nothing left.
    Nobody hurt - went into flames at about 10 pm at night.
    Launched January 2011

    Click here for images

    I hope the owners are insured and that they get full compensation.
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    What did that boat cost new?

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    Glad nobody was hurt. Must be devastating for the owners.

    Wonder if we'll ever know what caused it?

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    As above, I'm glad no one was hurt. Does anyone know who the owners are?

    Inevitably there will be speculation surrounding the technology used in this boat and its implementation. I wonder if we will ever know the cause of the fire?

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    yes Dick and Karen know of the owners who waited two years for the boat.

    Of course there will be speculation but the fact is that we do not know and may never know the cause of the fire. It seems that nobody was on board. although I cannot even be sure of that at this time.

    Hull 6 launched in Jan 2011 makes a mockery of the 15 to 20 cats a year claims being made in 2008.
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    Unbelievable.

    Devastating that it ends that way. Sure hope that they were insured. It will be interesting to see how the insurance company and Fastcats reacts and performs.

    #6 the last?
    Last edited by wannab; 27th December 2011 at 06:24 PM.

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    "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

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    that latest photo show the fire started in the centre of the boat as you can see the sugar scoops and the other image after the fire shows the bows.
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    I thought I remembered Gideon saying that the first green motion was going to be his personal boat?
    [edit]Guess he changed his mind [/edit]
    Last edited by KGP; 27th December 2011 at 07:41 PM.
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    This is the second time an African Fastcat goes up in flames. The first one was a smaller one, a 38' if I am correct, back in 2005, and was onboard a freighter when it went up in flames. It was on it's way to Europe for display at a boat show.

    Very sorry for the owner, he probably first had to wait for a long time, and now he can't even enjoy it.

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    Gideon always claimed he had a hot product! .... sorry could not resist
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    Let's speculate.

    They waited 2 years to finally get the boat.

    They found it was total junk.

    They saw smoke several times and averted disaster.

    They re-checked their insurance policy.

    They went for an overnight tour ashore.

    The boat did it's thing.

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    "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGP View Post
    No response is probably because no one actually knows at present.

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    Let us not speculate on the causes, or how the owners are thinking.

    After 2 years of ownership and being just about ready to go, this must be devastating to them, whatever our own beliefs in these boats and their quality.

    All we can hope is that they did not lose too much personal belongings, and that the insurance company pays out quickly, and that the owners recover their money.
    Insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talbot View Post

    After 2 years of ownership and being just about ready to go, this must be devastating to them, whatever our own beliefs in these boats and their quality.
    Just to put the record straight here, the boat was only launched in January of this year - 2011. Therefore they barely had 11 months of ownership.

    Also, the launch of the boat, Sea Minx, in January 2011 was over 2 years late.

    With a fire as devastatingly thorough as this one, I think it very unlikely the causes will ever be proved with any degree of certainty.

    The owners are very nice people, we met them in Durban. Their patience waiting for Goudsmit to deliver was absolutely extraordinary.


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    Default Re: Green Motion Fastcat Goes Up in Flames

    Let's speculate.

    They waited 2 years to finally get the boat.

    They found it was total junk.

    They saw smoke several times and averted disaster.

    They re-checked their insurance policy.

    They went for an overnight tour ashore.

    The boat did it's thing.
    Wow, I must admit I thought it, but would not say it.

    With a fire as devastatingly thorough as this one, I think it very unlikely the causes will ever be proved with any degree of certainty.
    Fire and water don't leave much evidence.

    Is there any way to tell if it was say an electrical system or galley or other?

    Way to many questions. I guess the story will come out eventually.

    I hope there is some way this works out that these people can recover to make their vision come true. Unbelievable.

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    The fact nobody was aboard means the cause was most likely electrical, but not neccessarily related to the drive system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannab View Post
    Wow, I must admit I thought it, but would not say it.


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    Everybody thought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannab View Post
    Is there any way to tell if it was say an electrical system or galley or other?
    Goudsmit's Green Motion FastCat boats are all electric everything, I think. They have electric galleys - no gas - and electric drive systems of course. Sea Minx also sported lithium-ion batteries.

    Way to many questions. I guess the story will come out eventually.
    Some of the story, yes. I think you're right. If the fault lay in the system, then there are just too many folk involved in the building of a boat and the inevitable new boat repairs/servicing etc such that some of the truth will emerge eventually. Also, those folk that feel, shall we say - 'alienated' - towards the builder are far less likely to keep schtum. But if the fault or cause was nothing to do with the systems aboard, then we may never know.

    Quote Originally Posted by 44C View Post
    The fact nobody was aboard means the cause was most likely electrical, but not neccessarily related to the drive system.
    A fair assessment, Tom.


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