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Old 15-07-2011, 22:09   #16
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Re: The Real Risk of Cruising - Buy a Volvo

Tongue in cheek , i think the time machine comment, should have given it away, but yeah real statistics are difficult to come by, the insurance companies ain't going to dish them out, or we'd know by how much they are overcharging us

I'm just saying that the what hull types , configuration etc is really a moot point when it comes down to a very minimal risk, dont urinate over the side when drunk is the cardinal rule and the greatest safety issue
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Volvos are expensive to acquire and maintain. Haven't spent hardly anything beyond gasoline, oil changes, lubrication, a new set of tires, and a battery for my 2000 Ford Explorer. And it has a strong truck frame to crush any errant Volvo wanting to fold upon itself.
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Old 16-07-2011, 02:39   #18
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Youd need a mortgage to fuel one of them over here in europe!
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Old 16-07-2011, 04:03   #19
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have i missed anything?
Yes, there are an awful lot of peeps sailing about with mass produced plastic, fin keeled yachts, who seem to manage quite happily. However, some of us do prefer two keels

Let me see a nice Beneteau 393 or a 40ft Bruce Roberts one off?

Hmm TAXI, the airport please I am going to look at French yachts.

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Remember Folks, that "Safety" is directly proportional to the size of the cheque - the more zeros the safer you and yours are
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Well, statistically, the most terrifying, death-inducing object is a bed - some 99% of population dies in it. So... staying on a boat, preferably sleepless, seems to be quite safe by comparison.
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Well, statistically, the most terrifying, death-inducing object is a bed - some 99% of population dies in it. So... staying on a boat, preferably sleepless, seems to be quite safe by comparison.

great, I'll never have a another good night's sleep now!
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great, I'll never have a another good night's sleep now!
Oh, that's easily solved. Just move to a sofa...
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ok bed is bad-- how bout a berth????
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First boat didn't make it, second one a Nic 26 did

Interesting statement, I recently read about an Atlantic hurricane that unexpectadly reversed course and sunk a cruise ship, several smaller sailboats survived that same storm, so sometimes size doesn't help.
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One wants to feel safe, one stays in bed all day ;-).

Oh, for don't you know little darling this world is so aaarrrrgghhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!

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Re: The Real Risk of Cruising - Buy a Volvo

While I basically agree with the OP, I would add that weather can be an unpredictable factor. When it turns really nasty, there's no substitute for a boat that won't break and a skipper who has a modicum of common sense.
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Well, statistically, the most terrifying, death-inducing object is a bed - some 99% of population dies in it. So... staying on a boat, preferably sleepless, seems to be quite safe by comparison.
This is why singlehanding is such a good idea.... no sleep..
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