We would not abandon ship, well, abandon the boat, unless
1. Uncontrolled fire that we could not extinguished. Broadcast the lat and lon position, get the passengers and crew up wind
from the flames and smoke. Follow your practiced and prepared abandon ship procedures.
2. Vessel is has a collision
at sea, ( whale strike or submerged container, and taking on water
. Holed hull where you cannot stop taking water
on board, Pumps cannot handle it, you cannot change tack to keep the holed side out of the water.
Holed hull near land that you cannot stop from sinking the vessel, run her aground . Everyone safe, boat is on the hard
We have often seen crews abandon their vessel in strong weather
, and take to a small life raft. The boat is found later, maybe even dismasted, rigging
torn to hell, but still afloat. The crew never seen again.
As the captain of a vessel, my top responsibilities are to the vessel and crew. Not to a race
committee or sea lawyer. The actual situation would dictate my reaction and decisions, and I need to be prepared and knowledgeable as to how to handle emergencies at sea or actually anywhere the vessel is located.
I need to check the weather, charts
, stand watches, be aware of shipping
lanes, check for leaks
or broken fuel
lines, have all electrical
up to safety
standards, no leaking fumes from fuel tanks
, the list goes on and on.
As others posted, there is no law that you have to abandon ship, or not abandon ship....the circumstance will dictate your actions.
Your seamanship and knowledge and training and experience and good
common sense and staying cool and collected as well as being familiar with procedures for handling situations will be vital .
Not to mention putting ourselves into harms way in the first place due to lack of any of the above.