Originally Posted by rodcat
Wonder if the enginenstopednworking due to the engines being swamped with water
as the engine
covers under heavy conditions seem to leak
Yes, more information would be nice.
According to pilot charts
, SE (quadrant) winds predominate in December so landfall in Australia
even with just the drag of the mast
or jury rig, wouldn't have taken forever. (Id be suprised if a boat like that can't do 3 knts downwind in 20 under bare poles) Surprised at no mention of storm sails
onboard a "blue water boat" but its early days. Historical weather
data for Frederick Reef shows max gusts at around 30Knots at the time so typical tradewind conditions.
3 to 4 meter swell goes with the territory. Maybe the decaying low further north was the last straw. His actions don't show much confidence in the sea keeping abilities of the boat.
Time will tell and hopefully no one clobbers the boat in the mean time.