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Old 07-01-2013, 22:35   #1
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Top Five Threats? Top Ten?

Statistically speaking, what are the greatest actual threats to a cruiser? I don't want to spend my time and money getting ready for pirates when errant containers might be twice as likely to nail me. More likely in the real world (versus dramatic re-enactment footage) would be fire and broken thru-hulls, but it could be that we are more likely to just fall off the boat than fail to prepare for various ways of 'almost' sinking.

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Number 1) PREGNANCY! The birth of our twin son's in 1982 put things on the back burner a little for us, causing at least 5 other boatowners in the creek to opt for a vascetomy rather than fatherhood......
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I was thinking of threats ON the water, not threats to opportunity.
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2) a lack of sense of humor
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I was thinking of threats ON the water, not threats to opportunity.
We were on the water it stopped us from further cruising....
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The world is flat, the danger is sailing off the edge.
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To many cruisers!! making all my secret places Full of to many folks !!
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One thing that hasn't changed in mankind's efforts to sail distance is weather we can be super smart navigating our way in hi-tech craft BUT when it comes down to it weather can reduce the best plans and assumptions to zilch.

Even a Pirate has to stop buckling his swashes in a good storm.

So number 2) Would be weather.
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Re: Top Five Threats? Top Ten?

Someone telling you that YOUR boat is NOT "bluewater capable"

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Re: Top Five Threats? Top Ten?

The biggest threats seem to always be on land and are mostly the same that you face everyday when living on land. Threats such as crossing the road without looking (so look), being hit head-on by a drunk driver on the highway (so cross your fingers), dying of a burnt out heart because you stressed too much over your job (so resign), etc etc.

According to the stats on Beth and Evans website, trans-oceanic sailing is about as dangerous as playing golf. Common sense inside the skipper's head seems to be the most important factor, not experience or safety gear.

Yes, Frank, pregnancy stopped us for a while, too! When he was 8 and could do a solo night watch, we went cruising again.
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Scraping into third place after pregnancy and lack of sense of humour (and IMHO beating bad weather) would have to be an inadequate anchor .
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The biggest threats seem to always be on land and are mostly the same that you face everyday when living on land. Threats such as crossing the road without looking (so look), being hit head-on by a drunk driver on the highway (so cross your fingers), dying of a burnt out heart because you stressed too much over your job (so resign), etc etc.

According to the stats on Beth and Evans website, trans-oceanic sailing is about as dangerous as playing golf. Common sense inside the skipper's head seems to be the most important factor, not experience or safety gear.

Yes, Frank, pregnancy stopped us for a while, too! When he was 8 and could do a solo night watch, we went cruising again.
Damn i got busy building yachts for others to cruise the world whilst waiting for the little tackers to grow......
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Scraping into third place after pregnancy and lack of sense of humour (and IMHO beating bad weather) would have to be an inadequate anchor .
Anchor inadequacy is that what you call it when you just cant get it up? Or is that wench failure?
More likely to happen with electric units that hand cranked methinks....
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Anchor inadequacy is that what you call it when you just cant get it up? Or is that wench failure?
More likely to happen with electric units that hand cranked methinks....
I was thinking size. Size does matter. Sorry guys, it is is sometimes what you have, not what you do with it that counts .
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