Deepfrz, I share your idea about the A35, let's say that it will not be my choice and I consider my own boat more "appropriate" at first thought...
On the other end, Alain Debord is so much experienced than I am that I will not challenge his decision, as he may have the good choice anyway, there are so many "no appropriate" boats that went around the world, much worse than his, that shown, if not proved, that it was possible, bad luck apart, to do the trip.
Ocean is not forgiving at these latitudes, and we can also remind that huge merchant ships have been struck by rogue waves and destroy, if not sank, that it could mean than none of the smaller and weaker boats should go offshore
anymore...not really applicable.
There is always a part of dream and madness in our achievment that leads us to do things that are not 110% safe (is there any?), I am ready to pay the price
or take the risk to fell...alive.
I also understand that it can be upsetting for southern ocean countries to spend money
in the rescue of some individuals that have no real obligation to put them in danger
in the area, fully.
I am the 1rst one to complain about what seems to me useless money
spending in my own country, and believe it or not, France
is # 1 in this "sport".
On the other hand, I understood that safety
at sea was an international system, agreed by all nation that are part of the system, so I guess it is more or less properly budgeted in each country.
To give you an idea, there is 25% of the world merchant traffic passing by my window everyday (as by our neighbours on the other side of the channel of course...) and more than 600 ship's movment are recorded each day in Dover straight, all of this monitored, guided and secured by UK and France
just for the Channel area.
This include rescue coordination centers (3 in France, probably the same if not more in UK...), not to mention all the lifeboat station, helicopters, huges tugs (may be the most powerful in the world or so, 2 in France for the channel area, I understood UK has least one on the other side), and so on...actually that must be dozens, if not hundreds, of Euros and / or pounds spent for this each year.
At this moment of the year, and as I am living few hundred yards from the hospital, I can hear 1, if not 2, helicopter landing per week, usually in the middle of the night, that are most of the time to bring injured sailors to Cherbourg.
Not to mention the monitoring of the french maritime area, which is the 2nd largest in the world in surface, due to all these islands we have a bit everywhere...
On that money aspect, although not perfect, I really think that the world organization / coordination for the rescueat sea is a pretty good example of a very good "global" system that is a real benefit, rather than a waste of money, for all of us and should be an inspiration for our politics in other areas.
What I'll remind in the Alain accident
is that the PLB can really be a difference between life and death in these areas, I am happy to have 1 in each crew pocket aboard !