Specifically, I'm trying to find out if he had an EPIRB
aboard. In the event of an emergency
, an EPIRB
would be one of the lines of communication with help; it goes to Search and Rescue
organizations. It's likely he had at least one if the boat is well outfitted. He may also have updated his information before leaving, which would help SAR assess whether he is overdue. For example, the EPIRB registration
should list a contact person on shore, and that person would probably be the first person he contacted if he made landfall.
It would also be useful to know if there is an SSB
(single side band) radio
aboard. If so, it's possible he is communicating with other boats, perhaps in a 'net'. If he us, those boats may know his whereabouts, or last known position.
I think you want to make sure other people he said he was going to contact haven't heard from him before getting too worried. Maybe your email
filtered out his communication, or he forgot to send you one. Or maybe he's just still sailing. There has been bad weather
for yachts crossing (2015 Another bad year in the Azores..?
), so maybe he changed course. Do not despair, there are many possibilities that might explain a slow passage
If you and his son think the yacht is overdue, you can do a few things.
Here is a page that will help you find relevant Search and Rescue
You might consider being more specific in how you ask for help here, by changing the name of your thread to Possible OVERDUE Yacht, with the boat name as well, and his destination
. Then describe the boat, with size, color, model, nationality, and name. Be as specific as possible. People will be more likely to respond, and surely someone with more knowledge than me will chime in. Go onto every sailing/cruising forum with this info too.
Good luck, and remember there are many explanations for a slow passage. He may be just fine.
An Ocean Lover in Maine.