Originally Posted by tedsherrin
. With one of them it was a race
, and from news reports they didn't hit anything, but had to abandon ship and the vessel sank just after they did.
If pushing the boat beyond it's limits then the boat could simply have started to break up! - not neccessarily a sudden catastrophic failure (boat breaking up into 2 or a 1000 bits!) but bulkheads start moving as hull
flexes causing either a hull
crack, a keel
joint to open up or rudder
/ prop shaft to fail (don't need to fall off to cause a leak). Or even a hatch
or window fail. More likely simply a hull fitting failure.....or prop shaft dissapeared out of back of the boat.........in many cases the problem could either have been prevented (mostly from slowing down) or not turned into a sinking if a bit of forethought / knowledge was applied.
Could also have been torpedoed by a Nazi Submarine.
Also have to remember that where an insurance
claim is involved (or even if not) that the response of the Skipper
is usually along the lines of "I didn't do anything wrong - it just happened"....rather than "I was an idiot".....or...."I didn't know what I was doing".
Another one (from last night) the three men abondoned their yacht due to rigging damage, but the boat continued to float, and still is, well after they have been rescued by helicopter.
If the mast
came down then a tricky decision on whether to call in help - IMO really depends on circumstances whether that survivable (to the point of getting back ashore - not simply bobbing around forever!). Could have failed due to vessel being overpressed or simply lack of maintanence / old age.....or both. Possibly also piss poor design, especially of chainplates.
Although I may roll my eyes
at the circumstances that some others find themselves in, I never make any criticism of someone for the decision to call for assistance even where that ends up in abandoning a perfectly good boat - it's the Skippers job to make that call, for benefit of both himself, the boat and more importantly the crew - so a conservative judgement call is often needed. Having said that
I have no problem giving folk a kicking over dumbassed decisions to get there!........and am not saying that I too am not without sin on the dumbassed decisions / pushing my luck front
- but I usually know when I am doing that........