Originally Posted by pteron
Having just got back from a dismasting
in the Fastnet, I'll comment:
1. On a multihull we have to paint
the bottom in international orange for spotting if we capsize
2. Similarly, we have jacklines accessible from the hull
when inverted and
3. an escape hatch is mandatory.
4. We generally use non-auto lifejackets so we can swim out from underneath.
5. Often the liferaft
is accessible from above and below
All of which it appears would have been useful on Rambler.
From the Isler interview the PFDs all had their auto-inflate intentionally disabled.
I am surprised that Juan K didn't draw in escape hatches
and life rafts such that they were accessible capsized. VOR70 and ORMA60's rules require those things. I guess that capsize just wasn't considered in the brief.
Also from the Isler interview the crew on the Rambler were able to see the lifeboat searching for them for a long time but were unable to get their attention by waving and making noise
. Apparently, even in the daylight the flash from the life-jacket lights finally caught the attention of the searchers. A laser pen might have been useful. Access to the rafts and their flares and so on would have been really useful.