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Old 26-10-2017, 16:40   #1
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Couple and dogs rescued after months at sea

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Re: Couple and dogs rescued after months at sea

I'll preface this with the full disclosure that I don't own a sailboat, but I have crewed for others along the Pacific coast. The longest trip I've taken is about 3000 nm and 5 weeks from Colon, Panama to San Diego. After 5 months at sea, I'm sure that they are happy to see the US Navy. However, my gut feeling is that something is wrong with this scenario. They admittedly had sufficient food and water. Nothing is said about the condition of the boat except that the engine was not working, and the navy spokesperson says the vessel is not seaworthy. My question is: Couldn't repairs be made to make it seaworthy, bring the engine to working order, and restore their navigation capabilities?

Has anyone had a similar experience, and would like to comment. What is it like to be at sea for this period of time?
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Yeah, it seemed a bit strange to me also. You would think, with sails, even in the doldrums..... in that amount of time they could have moved on. But the boat looks old, and they look young. I wonder if it's a situation where a couple who knows nothing like engine maintenance, or sailing for that matter.... just headed out. "should we encourage people to "just go"?
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Re: Couple and dogs rescued after months at sea

Iím not saying anything about these two as I know nothing at all about them, but not all who go to Sea, should.
There are people who will call the engine broken if the fuel filter clogs cause they have no idea what to do. This Boat had sails, and it appears in the photo that it still does. One assumes in months they could have gone somewhere. Perhaps they had no idea where?
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KHNL : After months at sea, 2 Hawaii women and their dogs are finally rescued

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/us-navy-re...opstories.html

This one really begs the question: If you're going on a long voyage on a sailboat, why not raise the sail?

They look well fed and tidy, doggy included...
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There are people who will call the engine broken if the fuel filter clogs cause they have no idea what to do. This Boat had sails, and it appears in the photo that it still does. One assumes in months they could have gone somewhere. Perhaps they had no idea where?
"After having engine problems on May 30 during bad weather, the two thought they could make it to land by using only their sail, according to the Navy."

I think you're on the money. Bad weather shakes up deposits in tank, fuel is restricted, engine fails. They apparently thought they could make it to land using the sails, but ... Maybe they chose to emulate Rimas instead?
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I just saw the video on TV and yes, they had sails! Would like to hear more about this, hope someone with sailing knowledge (not a TV reporter) gets to interview them. A yearís worth of food? They looked quite healthy. Iím really wondering if they knew how to sail. Strange!
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All it really takes these days is loss of electricity. They said a water purifier, not an r/o unit. If they were relying on electronic charting and it was kaput, they could easily be left to the "follow the contrails" method.

To the poster above who does not sail. Sailors are a widely varied lot, as to inclinations, seamanship skills, knowledge and what I would call "gameness", or perseverance. Someone else here may choose some other qualities!

Furthermore, someone mentioned on another thread that people are really not equal, intelligence wise. Perhaps these people were not of the McGuyvering type.

Some people seem to get turned onto the fictional impression of cruising shown on U-tube, and don't seem to know the ocean doesn't care about humans at all. Then they pay attention to the "just go now" crew, many of whom want to go themselves, but have neither boat nor time.

Almost all of my sailing has been done with Jim, who is my husband. When you're really out at sea, you are really on your own. If you have ham radio or other communication with land, your land based acquaintances can offer ideas that may help you, but you are on your own with your choices of provisions and spare parts, and paper backups for repairs when you are without electricity.

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Yeah, it seemed a bit strange to me also. You would think, with sails, even in the doldrums..... in that amount of time they could have moved on. But the boat looks old, and they look young. I wonder if it's a situation where a couple who knows nothing like engine maintenance, or sailing for that matter.... just headed out. "should we encourage people to "just go"?
Maybe, but leave the dogs at home with someone smarter than the dogs.
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I just saw the video on TV and yes, they had sails! Would like to hear more about this, hope someone with sailing knowledge (not a TV reporter) gets to interview them. A yearís worth of food? They looked quite healthy. Iím really wondering if they knew how to sail. Strange!
Indeed, they all look well fed, not worn down at all, doggy included! Weird story. If all true, they likely didn't know how to use the sails (always motored, never sailed?). Unlikely scenario is that they used the sails as intended but their instruments went bust and got lost.

Apparently they had no EPIRB either but they did very well in the provisioning/survival department!
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I wonder how many dogs they started out with.
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We had two threads on this subject; they have been merged, which is why this thread may seem a little disjointed.

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I see a solar panel and a tiny windgen. Are those sufficient to run a watermaker? (did they have one in the first place?)
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Re: Couple and dogs rescued after months at sea

Still trying to figure out how they intended to go from Hawaii to Tahiti on engine alone. They must have meant to use the sails at some point, right?
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