"Resolution had a great characteristic. Once the sails
were balanced on a course, you could lash the tiller at the point where the weather helm
started to pull, put a shock-cord spring from the tiller to a cleat on the opposite coaming, and Resolution would steer herself as long as the wind
stayed constant. In fact, on the way out, course set at twenty degrees, Resolution sailed for more than thirty-six hours without me ever touching the helm
OK - Does this mean no autopilot
or windvane steering
Later in the story he talks about the bungee cord or something being broken. Is that from the collision
? I could not imagine leaving my steering
in the hands of a bungee cord hooked to a cleat.
He also clearly states he took a fix with the GPS
before going below.
I am OK with single
handing as I have said before but I also think you have to have all the technological help you can get.
He had been at sea a few days in rough weather
dealing with a fueld leak/diesel spill. I cannot believe he was well rested.
The part about not being able to sail the course he wanted becuase she would just settle on a course she liked sounds like a cop out to me.
Once again I am very sorry for his loss.
handing is not easy.