Originally Posted by TaoJones
While the tenor of rtbates post is perhaps a bit harsh, I can't disagree with his logic. Unless you intend to book a crewed charter, you may be biting off more than you can chew. Do you really want to put your family, potentially, in harm's way?
If you have more experience than what it appears, then ignore this. But if you had that much experience, would you be asking your questions in this forum?
Harsh, yes indeed. I meant it to be, hopefully, a wake up call for two reasons.
1. The safety
of his family foremost and
2. IF he's asking these questions, he doesn't have the experience needed. Why is that a concern of mine and should be a concern of ALL ocean sailors? Given enough folks sailing off and getting in over their heads and requiring costly assistance in the form of rescue
, that puts lots of folks lives in danger
, by the way, guess what the powers to be will do? They will regulate. They will start requiring proof of seamanship, certain gear
must be carried. No more single
handed off shore sailing cause it's too dangerous according to the 'authorities'.
The outcome can't be good for the freedom to sail when you want and how you want. Will they say, "IF you are determined to sail off then sign this wavier and we wouldn't be required to come save your ass?" Hell NO they won't. They'll pass a law making such and such unlawful. I've seen it happen over and over. Want a good example? Here is Austin Texas
we have a beautiful swimming hole called Barton Springs. In the heat of summer it gets very crowded, so for 20+ years me and my friends chose to swim just down stream on Barton Springs, below the dam. Well seems were not the only ones. A few dummies who aren't high on personal survival skills chose to swim up very close to the dams out fall. Well, anyone who knows squat about water
knows that a very nasty suction happens where water
falls off and causes whirlpools to form. So they get hung up almost drown and have to be rescued. So what does the city of Austin do? Do they post warning signs about the danger
? Offer waivers so you assume your own risk? Of course not. They assume that everyone is dumb enough to swim into the whirlpool and risk drowning and require rescue
. So they pass a law that eliminates swimming below the dam. You see that's the problem with authorities and the law, They treat everyone the same, like you don't have a clue. Why? Because there are a bunch of us humans out here that apparently don't have a clue and it's too damn hard separating the clueless from the rest.
I'll now hop off my soapbox before I fall off and break a leg.