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Old 12-09-2016, 19:01   #91
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Re: When do you abandon ship?

I don't watch videos about storms at sea and sinking ships/sailboats.

I don't want to have those images in my mind when I am in a storm offshore. Sailing in bad weather is enough of a challenge without having the hobgoblins of the "Perfect Storm" running amok in my mind.

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Old 12-09-2016, 19:19   #92
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Re: When do you abandon ship?

Originally Posted by TooCoys View Post
Over the last few days I've been, for some reason, watching a lot of rough seas videos. I'll get stuck in the youtube rabbit hole, and video after video plays.

On multiple videos of boats sinking, or partially sinking, the owners stayed with their boats. Is this something that they do out of respect for the sea and vessel, or is it required by law?
There are many examples of abandoned vessels still floating months later.

It's a bit difficult to film your vessel when you've abandoned it. I wouldn't use Youtube results to make your claim. A case of correlation does not equal causation

There is no 'law' even requiring a captain to be last off.

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Old 12-09-2016, 19:26   #93
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Re: When do you abandon ship?

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I've gone swimming (for the dinghy) twice in my years on the water. The first was an old woodie I was delivering which lost a plank and went down off Cape San Blas. Everything fine one minute; the next I was in the water. No time for a Mayday, life vest, ditch bag, nada! Only towing the dink (inflatable) on a LONG painter saved my life that day (and a wind that blew me to shore). The second one was 400' long! I was working on a welding crew on the Spiegel Grove when she rolled... the "dinghy" was a TowBoatUS captain!
I dove the Spiegel Grove when she was on her side...

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Old 12-09-2016, 20:10   #94
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Re: When do you abandon ship?

Quote: "The advantage of a full, deep keel is the boat will dig into the water as the wave passes beneath it."

MySaintedMother, who went to Fiddler's Green at the very time tubby, fin-keeled, spade- ruddered boats became all the rage, viewed them with a very jaundiced eye and said: "Boats are s'posed to sail THROUGH the water, not ON the water". The wisdom of the ancients, eh :-)?

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Re: When do you abandon ship?

Everyone who has been on a boat in Simpson Bay knows about the reef. This was supposed o have been a well knon yachtsman. Does he not know how to read a chart?

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