Wow - awesome real life video. Easy to call them idiots but there are a ton of lessons to learn.
- Imagine a dodgy dinghy engine
. One engine
failure away from disaster. Boarding ladder - definitely needed one. Throwing ropes - no backup plan on the dinghy side if the swimmer got separated. What about fore and aft lead lines rigged on the boat so the dinghy can be brought aboard the dinghy and still allow the dinghy to stand of in the bad swells.
- Say what you want about anchoring
but I want his ground tackle. You don't sail off that shore. How stirred up do you think his diesel tanks
were? Clean tanks
, clean fuel
, reliable diesel
- Certainly helped to be young and fit. Clearly though boarding this boat from the stern was a bad idea. That was the most concerning moment for me aside from the fatigue factor that must have been setting in. Fatigue is insidious.
Like Katiusha I am curious about "the rest of the story." How did the skipper
eventually get on board? No davits
so I presume they had to tow the dinghy out. I can't see hoisting it on deck
in that washing
Sometimes you get yourself in a bad situation, there but for the grace of God and all that.
Was the weather
and sea state predicted? I certainly don't know. Leave a crewman on-board. Sounds the go unless short handed.
Amazing video for safety
Oh and speaking of cats - Sure made me think about an alternate boarding plan if the stern was pitching like this one...