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Old 08-02-2014, 11:07   #16
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Re: Worst, Most Common Boating Mistakes Caused from Ignorance

Here you go. An article where a US Circut Court upheld that the USCG does in fact have the authority to order a vessel abandoned in extreme circumstances where they believe the vessel to be in imminent peril.

http://www.professionalmariner.com/F...-sinking-ship/

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Old 08-02-2014, 11:56   #17
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And one more giving an Account of what happened.

http://bostondeepwrecks.com/wrecks/Voyager.html

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Old 08-02-2014, 11:59   #18
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Surf Landing .... lots of fun for the uninitiated.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:05   #19
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Worst way to ruin an engine is to try to make repairs when you know nothing about engines. Example, remove and reinstall your fuel injection pump without knowing about injection timing.

If your engine doesn't start within a few revolutions don't just keep cranking with the seacock open. You're liable to flood your engine with seawater.

Don't expect your engine to start if you have nearly dead batteries. It needs to spin sometimes faster than you think and you can hurt your starter motor with lower voltages.

Don't assume your fuel is clean and free of water. Check your filters always.

Prevent freshwater intrusion into your boat through holes of any kind in the exterior. Leaving your boat even for a season on the hard under a tree or wire where limbs or power line can rub away fiber glass and cause water damage.

Don't let rats aboard!!!
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:27   #20
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Keep your sea charts up-to-date.
Pay attention to channel marker / buoys.
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Old 08-02-2014, 12:52   #21
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believing that cats don't roll:
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That photo doesn't look like a catamaran. Maybe a Catalina?
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During my first charter I made the rookie move of sending my (now ex) wife forward to man the windlass and drop the anchor. I motored the boat into position, cut the engine, and told her to drop the anchor. She turned and said, "are you sure? let's talk about it" as we drifted toward a lovely yacht... funny looking back on it, not so funny at the time.
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Old 08-02-2014, 18:33   #24
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OMG, there are so many ways to sink a boat, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. I got on my boat this morning after a week of several rain storms. I've had the boat a year and this is the first deluge. Argh. The bilge pump was running, but not pumping and had tripped the panel so I wasn't using shore power and my fridge can really drain the batteries in no time. Found out there's leakage around my mast post. Lots. There's still a lot of naivete on my part, but sometimes it's just the routine things that can bungle things up. I look around and see boats in my marina that probably haven't had someone on board for years and wonder how they are still afloat.

As to USCG, if you call for a rescue and they come rescue you and you refuse, they will pull your arse off the boat. I've heard talks by those traveling long distances offshore and this was the advice they were given and had to be willing to accept. You can also be cited for abandoning your ship and it then causing a navigation hazard. A friend who abandoned his ship, pulled the seacocks just before leaving his vessel so it would sink and not cause any problems. That has got to be one of the worst agonizing decisions anyone ever has to make.
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The Us CG would probably answer this with the failure to wear a life jacket(PFD). A very very large % of people who drown in boating related incidents were not wearing a PFD and that is all for what ever reason pretty much user mistake. While groundings and other snafus are embarrassing ending up in the water unexpectedly without a PFD is the deadliest mistake.
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One mindset which I personally think can be a real trap when sailing coastally is to view land as a safety net, something to head for automatically when things turn nasty, and to keep close to at all times.

Often, I consider, it pays to instead think of land as the place where
a) water gets too thin, and
b) there is an unlimited selection of things to hit
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" what are the worst dangers a boater could get himself into through ignorance . . . "

Well for me it was clicking on this thread.
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" what are the worst dangers a boater could get himself into through ignorance . . . "

Well for me it was clicking on this thread.
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Worst thing I think of is not fixing, upgrading, replacing, maintaining as needed.
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Letting more water into the boat, than you keep out.
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