Originally Posted by donradcliffe
Keep up this crap and you will force me to find the ignore feature.
I'll second that sentiment - - real life at sea and cruising is quite different from the "theory" some read about and believe is real.
- - But anyway, the person responsible for any vessel/craft, air or sea, is the Captain
of the vessel/craft. He/she may be the owner in most cruising circumstances. In others, he/she may be paid. But still the responsibility for accepting and operating and accomplishing a safe voyage is his and his alone. He can refuse the vessel/craft if it is, in his opinion, unsafe.
- - What comes into play in most of these instances is the owner/captain (including myself) who become complacent because we "know" the whole boat and all its sounds and rattles. We know how long the engine will run before it needs oil
so we skip those daily checks. Same with other systems until something happens that bites us, and then we get serious again for awhile checking and inspecting things.
- - Add in the situation where some items, especially the transmission/coupling/shaft/stuffing box are located where you have to remove half the paneling in the boat to get to - and complacency reigns until we get bit. I have seen many, many boats where to fix an electrical
problem a new wire is spliced into place with the firm intentions of finishing the repair the "proper way" next haul-out of major parts
supply harbor. Only thing is, years pass before we get around to finishing the job. This is a major problem with owning your own boat.
- - However, on somebody else's boat paranoia should reign supreme, at least to personally checking critical items like seacocks, engine to stuffing box, and rudder integrity. There are a thousand things that can go wrong on a boat, but only maybe a dozen that are super-critical, so on a delivery or charter
those dozen or so are checked carefully. The rest can be ignored or left as they are in the category of comfort and not safety