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Old 10-02-2012, 07:42   #46
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Don't sweat it Piglet....
I got the connection between the 'BumFuzzle' and naked peddlepower...
Subtle.....
Have you ever had a visual image pop into your head that seems quite promising at first, but then turns into something rather unpleasant?

I have.
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Humphrey Barton sailed a small Vertue class wrong way across the Atlantic.
Robert Manry sailed the tiny Tinkerbelle across the Atlantic. Two Golden globe contenders rowed across the Atlantic. Roz savage rowed across three oceans. Some guy tried to paddle board across the Atlantic. 3 women also set out to paddle board across the Atlantic. Slocum sailed around in a worn out old fishing boat. Could be a long list.
Today a paramedic died responding to a car fire. They all become there own stories. Some of these thought about adding a twist of some benefit. Not sure about that but if it works for them Im good with it.
The difference with the Vertue and the Tinkerbelle, or in fact most ocean-crossing attempts until the invention of the EPIRB, satphones and other beacons/means of communication, was that the sailors in question knew that they would not, in all likelihood, be rescued.

Unless they exploded right in the path of a freighter, it is rather doubtful they would even leave recoverable debris.

I am persuaded that the skill level or "game" brought to such attempts was therefore, by necessity, higher in the past than now, where the big red button/GPS/satphones may persuade people they needn't bother quite as much with the seamanship because...well, there's a big red "save my backside!" button.

If you went cruising until, say, 1990, especially off the beaten track and without SSB, you were essentially out-of-touch from the point of disapppearing over the horizon to showing up at the other side.

Hence, we may have a situation where less-qualified sailors are attempting more dangerous "stunt" voyages, but the danger level to SAR personnel is hardly lessened, as they are now able to go near the limit of their rescue range by homing in on a beacon instead of laying out a visual search grid.

There's still the hazard of hauling out someone from the water and then trying to get back in one piece to land.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:00   #48
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Have you ever had a visual image pop into your head that seems quite promising at first, but then turns into something rather unpleasant?

I have.
ROFL...
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:55   #49
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I think the first action before their next attempt should include a vasectomy. That way whatever happens we get them out of the gene pool as this is really the only way to fix stupid without just killing people.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:00   #50
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Inherently unsafe voyages that need a rescue should be paid for by the rescued. It's not right for people to do voyages like this on the taxpayers dime.

Naked? Ewww! If you don't got it then don't torture others with it.
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First the Uzk lifeboat service is not on the taxpayers dime. , it's a voluntary run on donations.

Secondly, this is a serious sport carried on in an appropriate craft.

The " naked" part isn't about titillation. ( which many of you didn't get). Atlantivc Rowers like these guys go naked as it cuts down Chafe.

Why criticise this not criticise a 13years old sailing activity.

Please don't be hypocrites.

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So what! Let them do what they want to do. With all the bail outs and austerity measures around te world... What's a few rescues? Don't b haters.
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So what! Let them do what they want to do. With all the bail outs and austerity measures around te world... What's a few rescues? Don't b haters.
Taxpayers subsidizing the cost of a rescue only encourages more. It's not hate, it's being financially responsible for ones activities....like purchasing insurance.

Perhaps there needs to be rescue insurance for foolish ventures like this?
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Last year when I purchased a SPOT device SAR insurance cost $14 extra.

If I recall correctly, it's a few hundred thousand dollars coverage, good for a year.
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Laughing!!! Please the cost of rescue is basically nothing. It's less than 1/1000 of a penny to a government. If that.
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Typed that in wrong. On iPad. It's a very very small amount of budget. Plus we already prepaid for that rescue with tax dollars. It's already paid for!
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Laughing!!! Please the cost of rescue is basically nothing. It's less than 1/1000 of a penny to a government. If that.
It's not just the money. It is the lives put at risk as well. SAR craft do go down periodically.
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SAR is free???

Funny... one of the babygirl sailors cost upwards of a million bucks to have her little tuchas hauled outta the Indian ocean during the bad season...
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I applaud their attempts. Throughout life, if your an adventurists sort, you are compelled by "I think I can do this", and if you have prepared (which these fellows have), then you just might succeed. As I get older, my adventurist's bent has subsided a bit, deferring to more comfort. The things I did in my 20's, I would never do now. Even some things I did in my 40's I would not do now. What came to mind was when I lived in Valdez, I waited for a weather window to take my dinghy out of Valdez harbor, through the Narrows, and up to the Colombian Glacier to explore among all the calving ice. Fantastic trip, but wouldn't do it again.

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SAR is free???

Funny... one of the babygirl sailors cost upwards of a million bucks to have her little tuchas hauled outta the Indian ocean during the bad season...
Sara,

If you mean Abby, your right. I think Wiki reported it to cost $300,000 USD, which would buy a nice cruiser.
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