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WHOA!!! Fritz The Cat sank!!!

Breaking news, hold the presses!  Fritz The Cat, the infamous vessel which ferried us and hordes of other backpackers from Colombia to Panama SANK!  That’s right, the catamaran is at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.  Colombian news website El Tiempo has a video in which you can hear the captain, Fritz, yelling in Spanish for rescuers not to take his picture as you see The Cat half-submerged in the blue water.  Everyone came out alive, but how rough it must be for those 14 backpackers who lost everything.  Here is a link to the video and news article:

http://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/cartagena/ARTICULO-WEB-NEW_NOTA_INTERIOR-11995415.html

Our boat trip seemed pretty crazy, but it’s hard to imagine going through that whole ordeal.  Needless to say that it would have ruined our trip.  I can’t wait to hear more details about the wreck.  I feel like their will be a mention of captain’s error somewhere along the line.  They probably hit an iceberg.

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Zach seeks to live a simpler life without the extravagance of American culture. Buy fewer things, need less money, work less, play more.

Posted on July 5, 2012, in Adventures, Colombia, Health, Panama, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Zach, where you get the stupid info from, that “Fritz was yelling”? Fritz was not onboard, there was other captain. So, what you wrote here is big bull shit. Fritz higher the captain, who was not responsible, he did not notice the leak in one of the engine room, leaks can happen in any boat, but is important how you handle it, the second thing, he lost the dinghy, and abandon the boat… and did not try to do anything to save the boat.

  2. yes, this blog is not telling the truth at all.

  3. Lazaro Corrido

    The boats in Colombia all is leaking.

  4. Selene Susunaga

    Pobrecito 😦 Pero pues hace cuanto que no vienes?

  5. Ottaviano Hectore

    I think this Zac never once drive these boat. I drive novembre 2010 and was securo.

  6. Renate Wenger

    “Fritz the Cat” vor Kolumbien havariert
    : Drei Deutsche bei Schiffbruch gerettet
    zuletzt aktualisiert: 04.07.2012 – 07:59 Bogotá (RPO). In der Karibik sind am Dienstag 16 Menschen von einer Segeljacht gerettet worden. An Bord des australischen Katamarans befanden sich fünf Australier, drei Deutsche, drei US-Bürger, zwei Norweger, ein Pole, ein Niederländer und ein Panamaer, teilte die kolumbianische Marine mit.

    Jacht “Fritz the Cat” segelte 45 Seemeilen von Cartagena de Indias entfernt, als offenbar ein Schaden im Schiffsrumpf entstand. Auf den Seenotruf reagierte ein Tanker, der alle Insassen der Jacht rettete und unversehrt nach Cartagena brachte, hieß es im Pressekommuniqué der Kriegsmarine.

  7. Hi, This is Fritz the Cat.
    True is: I was NOT on board. The Captain: Duncan Thorwald van Donkelaar, 40 years, licenced in St Marteen, was on his first voyage, ignoring my orders I gave him in 3 crossings he did under my presence. After it happened, he blackmailed me for $7500.- threatening that he would tell my insurance:” what would make them not pay”- in writing emails and SMS, so I can proove it. Last year Roli of the Stahlratte did the job of the captain for 3 month, I had a holyday and everybody was pleased. In February the Fritz the Cat was a month at the dock in Shelterbay, got a new saildrive SD50-4t, and a compleat recondition job inside and outside, replaced the right Daggerboard with a keel and made new shower/toilets and 2 new cabins, so live on board for the backpackers was more confortable. That costetd me almost $ 20.000.-. Fritz the Cat carried up to 6 bikes on deck and 20 passengers, she was a strong boat, that was found a day lateer by John Condon on the SY Wild Card still afloat- he tried to tow her in (I offered $ 30.000.- if he succseded to get her into Cartagena port) bot hedid not sucseed…….but like the Austrians say: I’LL BE BACK!

  8. Zache, You should probably edit your initial posting to reflect the facts of the sinking

  9. I was on fritz when it sank! It was an ordeal alright I lost all my belongings, I was left with what was on my back. Fritz wasn’t onboard the boat. It is difficult to say who’s fault it was. Duncan had been smoking weed all week and seemed a bit incompetant however some of the repairs looked like they were shoddy which would have been fritz’s responsibility! Overall pretty scary but great travel story in the end! Except for losing all my stuff (which fritz never paid for however can afford to buy a whole new catamaran!!)

  10. Rachel you should sue this bastard Fritz.

  11. A little late for comments. I took the boat a few weeks before it sank with my motorcycle from Panama to Colombia. Fritz was training Duncan. The trip is exactly what I had expected, actually it was a really great experience. Fritz is a professional and Duncan was an experienced Vagabond with sailing experience. Anyone who does a trip like this and expects to be insured is totally irresponsible. This is adventure travel (though the bike and me on the boat was by no means cheap) and the risk/reward of this type of travel is obvious without stating. It is fortunate that no one was hurt. Sorry to Fritz for his loss. Sorry to Duncan for his bad experience though from spending 24/7 with him for several days, not his first rodeo. Sorry for all the passengers for their loss. Rachel, well said, ‘what a travel story’. If this was large company, as I have experienced, your frustrations of trying to recoup losses would have been far more frustrating and cost you more time than you can imagine. Good luck to all involved. Worse part of my trip was the not one of the other 13 passengers brought any beer, come on Euro’s and Aussies, and you give us in the states crap. HAHA

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