The Perfect Storm example is also not as simple as suggested
When the CG arrived, the Satori had been knocked down twice. Their sails
were so damaged that they had to motor
- and a Westsail 32 does not motor
well in good conditions. The life raft had been lost overboard
. Only the captain was experienced offshore
and he had no help. The two women crew were too panicked to help operate the boat. Look at the pictures below.
The CG had received a Mayday. There's dispute as to whether the Mayday was authorized by the owner but that's doesn't make the Mayday invalid. The moment a Mayday is issued, the "voyage" is over. It is a call to save lives with no further regard for the vessel or cargo. If you want to save your boat - call PAN.
The vessel was CG documented and the owner held a CG issued captain's license
. The owner was not required to have these to operate the boat. Since the CG issued these, they are fully in their rights to revoke them. The owner says he followed the CG instructions to abandon partly because he did not want to lose his CG Captain's license
Cape Hatteras is a very dangerous place in late October. Storms come out of nowhere. Many more ships and lives have been lost
in Northeasters in those waters than hurricanes. Satori was only 50 miles out of Portsmouth VA when he received a NOAH forecast
for a Northeaster with 30 knot
winds. He had time and a fair wind
to turn and run back to Portsmouth.
While not intentional, that bad weather
decision became part of the tragic string of events
that led to the death of a CG swimmer and possibly the failure to reach the crew of the Andrea Gail in time. I'd have some trouble sleeping at night.