Originally Posted by AirBoyzT
Who's going to tow me when I'm 500 miles out and get disabled with 2 people on the boat...?
I don't think the problem is solo sailing, the problem was me being stupid and trying to address the situation right then.
I agree having another sailor is awesome, however it isn't always feasible.
What I am saying is all people, when starting to cruise
, make stupid mistakes
. The trick is recovering from them. When I was crushed by the mainsheet with a broken arm and another dislocated and several fractured ribs, another sailor pulled the mainsheet off me. If I had been soloing I would not be here talking about it.
A boat is too complex a machine, in the way that it interacts with a constantly changing sea to see every danger
in advance. You need a backup.
Make it feasible. I have paid sailors to go on passage
with me. I consider my life more important than 200 a day for a captain
to come. And if you had drowned, would your family
have considered the money
you had not spent worth it?
And if you are disabled with two people on a boat 500 miles offshore
, one of you will be able to sail back, plug
the hole and if necessary activate the ERIB.