Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
For those new sailors
joining the discussion I hope the lesson learned here is that if you are going to build a boat then use plans and boatbuilding techniques which can only be learned by reading through designers notebooks and boatbuilding books
Another lesson is that if you are going to build such a craft as FH was then don't take friends and family
with you and put their lives in danger
. They were lucky and got rescued.
Between this thread and the Gunboat thread, the lesson that I learned is it doesn't really matter if your name is Hot Rod and you built your floating monstrosity entirely out of Home Depot hardware
with no clue whatsoever about naval engineering; or if you spent $2.5M on the latest state of the art carbon fiber vacuum bagged foam cored ultra light hull
with the very latest in rigging
and a system that is supposed to release the sails
if hit by high winds and your Capt. has crossed the Atlantic 4 times already...
it looks like the sea can still rise up at almost the exact same point (200 mi offshore) and take your boat away from you. Whether it's hubris in thinking that anybody can build a plywood
boat and sail it to HI, or the hubris in thinking that a $2.5M boat can pretty much laugh at the Atlantic weather
fronts in Jan. or Feb., as my mom always used to say, "Don't mess with Mother Nature!"
Of course her implication was that SHE was Mother Nature. She also claimed to have RADAR
, eyes in the back of her head
and SHE owned all of the spy satellites, the CIA called HER for updates on world events
. Based on how she busted me every single
time, I never had any reason to doubt her.