FWIW, this is my take on things:
- Nina was well maintained. I was shown ribs that were recently replaced and all looked first class, top shipswright class work. I'm always tough on things concerning maintenance
of boats as all here know, but there was nothing that caught my eye at all.
- Nina was low on technology and you can be sure I let them know my thoughts about that. There was no SSB
. No AIS
either IIRC. David explained me that it was his choice to not get all the gadgets and he was well aware of the possible consequences. I can respect that.
- When David wrote that sails
were ripped, he meant they were beyond repair. But this was just the storm sails
and I am sure there were enough sails left to use after the storm.
- I read people explaining that the communication is lost
when the masts are lost
. This might happen with the VHF radio
, but both the Iridium
phone (which was a portable handheld IIRC), the SPOT communicator and the EPIRB
do not need any masts. I find that a bunch of gear
to all fail. The EPIRB
and the Iridium
phone should just work in that area, but I'm not sure about the SPOT. Still, that leaves multiple pieces of gear
to fail to loose all communications
They may have run out of power though. And water
damage is also possible. Was the EPIRB battery
still okay? I don't know. Do they have a handheld VHF
My personal guess at the situation is not too good, but my hope is on the liferaft
and skills to improvise and survive.
Possible coastlines or reefs
that they end up... how remote
Still hoping here...