Every sailor's nightmare. A well written account. I'm sorry they lost
They were in a 28ft boat in breaking seas of 20ft. That is a pretty serious place for a small boat. It's the breaking bit that sets off alarm
bells. The 20ft breaking seas alone can roll them, but they should expect the odd wave at 30ft and a rare one a little bit more, perhaps like the one that got them. As mentioned by 4music3, boat length is a guide as to its ability to withstand capsize
. The figures I recall
are 30 to 55% of the boat's length depending on other factors such as beam, keel
design, ballast etc. Anyway, small boats are vulnerable and they were way into the red zone. It's all with the benefit of hindsight of course, but I think a drogue for example would have been a good move and may well have prevented the knock down.
Other than that, a lot of good stuff mentioned already and by the writer himself makes sense: following the weather forecast
, not being there, taking an EPIRB
, life-raft, portable radio
, securing the boat, making the boat tougher etc.
I just found their blog: 3knots | Man, Wife and Dog drifting to warmer climates
. It turns out the story was from 2013 and they have a new boat now.