You won't get 300 or 100 people to contribute from the forum. I think the better approach is to locate CF members in the GA or Carolinas who would be prepared to offer their boat for a search and recovery along with Gil and some CF volunteers. The cost of this could be paid by members.
I think enough would volunteer to crew and enough to send a few bucks. The effort needs to be organized by someone probably in those states on the Atlantic.
I think it would be a remarkable effort and make for quite a story and a video.
I think one very valuable lesson from this thread is the Dockhead DSC
suggestion. I am going to definitely get a fixed mount DSC VHF and take the hand held VHF/DSC with me when I leave the boat at anchor
. These days I don't anchor
in lonely spots because I am not out there all that much... but it's a very good practice. I do believe that if a boat were dragging through an occupied anchorage sailors would at some point try to re anchor or raft the boat until the owner arrived.
But having the fixed mount VHF on is a way to keep tabs on your boat's position even on a mooring
. It can chafe, drag or be stolen and this is one way to keep tabs on it.
I think insurance
companies should offer some discount to boats with this practice.