This is a very mischievous post. What purpose does it serve ?
As to the issues
- heaving to. Anyone who has sailed such typical modern boats knows that heaving to doesn't work above a certain wind
and sea state. The boat will simply not lie in that state for any length of time. Any sea that I can heave to in , I could actually sail in.
Pardys, sea anchors, etc- I have all the Pardys stuff. I disagree with most of it as it's specific to their experience in a particular boat. Little translates well to modern canoe bodied fin keel
and spade rudder
Boat strength - I'd be very suprised that the hull
was actually delaminating. The Captain provides no real insight as to how he knew. Despite some people views. These boats are strong and well built. They so have drawbacks in bad weather
especially in battery security
issue. - small boat delivery
is a tricky game
, you are taking an uncoded vessel. You generally do not know the underlying problems and this is just the way it is. They did have all the basic gear
and beacons sat phone
Crew. Whether the crew is paying or not very few are " professionals ". They are there for fun. Hence if it gets to the point where there is a serious risk of injury or typically the crew get very frightened, thees really not much you can do but ask to be rescued. Continuing on risks the crew, never mind the boat.
In the days of commercial
sail. The boat was more important then the crew. Crew were regulary lost
on stormy passages. This was the accepted thing. It is not anymore and especially on leisure vessels
Whether the Captain should be penalised or whatever is irrelevant. No comparison is really possible between large ships and small pleasure vessels. Small vessels and their crew get overwhelmed quite easily.
. - while listening to the report etc , it's my experience that little can be learned in these incidents. Most of the real issues and dynamic occurs between the crew. The construction of modern boat interiors also renders them very poor at crew protection. The inside turns into missiles, the crew gets battered about, batteries break loose. Diesel
seeps out etc. Hence crew safety
means getting them off the boat.
This is a fact of life of most modern yachts ranging from the cheaper mass produced ones right up to quite expensive semi custom ones.