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Old 06-01-2008, 17:42   #1
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Misplaced Confidence?

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Yachtie missing at sea for seven months | The Australian

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Old 06-01-2008, 17:46   #2
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Hard to say. But I question their use of the term "yachtie" which implies some level of accomplishment and competence.
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Old 06-01-2008, 18:50   #3
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Australian registry says its more than 12 metersPASADO MANANA161966YachtMelbourne Registered

16 meter (52 ft) timber yacht built 1966. thats a handful for a 64 year old (or anyone for that matter!)

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Australian Registered 16metre Timber White Hull, Timber Deck,
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(ex US Registered - previous name the same) 5 person Liferaft, white timber tender
Reg Number - ON 858285 , Call Sign - VKV7033
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Old 06-01-2008, 19:17   #4
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One can only guess at his motivation and reasons for tackling such a major voyage. I hope that he succeeded even if it might have been for all the wrong reasons.

It also comes to mind that for me, I would much prefer to die trying, than to give up my dream because the general consensus was that I was incompetent.
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Old 06-01-2008, 19:41   #5
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How 'bout just hoping he met the woman of his dreams somewhere out there and is in bliss on some other small island.

At least pray the guy is safe, you guys kill me!!
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Old 06-01-2008, 20:14   #6
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At least pray the guy is safe, you guys kill me!!
After 7 months?

I'm not sure how to reply....
But if I am missing for 7 months I hope everyone will get on with their lives and quit with the hoping after hope.
That doesnt mean I do anything stupid, it just means if something does happen please don't waste 5 years thinking I am so horrid as to have planned some getaway or be maroned in paradise, and for the family to spend the kids inheritance hiring planes to go search.

7 months? This guy is dead.

If he's not, then someone write a book about it and let Tom Cruise act the part. If he turns up then the family can start believing again. Till then, let the healing begin.

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Hard to say. But I question their use of the term "yachtie" which implies some level of accomplishment and competence.
Ishmael,

I like your use of wording. I noticed the press release used the word "experience" which is a term that often does not really relate to the issue to which it is being applied. What really matters is how accomplished or competent someone is, and experience does not necessarily lead to competence. I know some people who have the days onboard a boat to sit for the captain's license, but I would never want at the helm of my boat unmonitored. Also, limited experience does not necessarily correlate to a lack of competence.

I was just teaching the theory on levels of competence this last Tuesday, in addition to the usefulness and traps associated with rules of thumb or generalized associations. Interesting stuff.
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Might be possible he doesn't want to be found. Although those chances are small, but one never knows what lurks in the minds of men......i2f
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He did a youtube search of "sailing from Hawaii to Tahiti" and it sure looked easy...????
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He's still missing.
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He's still missing.
hey mark:

you talking to me?? I know he's still missing...As much as I dislike making assumption, I'll do it here. You think I'm making light of this poor sailor's situation, right?

Well, I'm not. I'm answering the original posters question.

ever read about Ronnie Simpson? He did exactly as I posted, searched youtube. saw nothing but smooth sailing and then was surprised when he got in bad weather on his way to Hawaii from Ca.. As hard is it to believe it has happened. I was being entirely serious.
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You think I'm making light of this poor sailor's situation, right?
No, of course not. I just did a search of Google News and see there no found report and theres still an Austrlain Missing Persons report outstanding. So was just just informing that. Sorry, I should have been more expressive but was on my way to shore to buy more boat crap

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