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Old 16-02-2015, 10:24   #31
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re: Two sailors rescued 150 miles off Nantucket-Sedona (Merged)

what happens to the boat? Does it become a marine hazard?

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Old 16-02-2015, 10:34   #32
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re: Two sailors rescued 150 miles off Nantucket-Sedona (Merged)

Double handed, one crew with no experience. No self-steering gear. Relying on an autopilot.

Not sure if crew fatigue was a contributing factor in the decision to bail but without power how long can a single guy last driving in conditions that demand a high level of skill and constant vigilance?

Do you put the guy with no experience at the helm? What if they're too scared to try? No experience driving the boat can be dangerous. Things can get broken. Sails can get torn.

One-on-one-off gets old for two guys with experience. Driving a boat in a gale is hard work. Must have been cold out there....
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Old 16-02-2015, 10:41   #33
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"Stone said the sailors called for help around 5 a.m. when their 43-foot boat lost power and had its sails torn."

No mention of taking on water. As long as they had a functioning rudder, it seems they could've remained on board, jury-rigged a shred to be their storm sail, and been pushed by the northwesterlies right to Bermuda. Then it would've maybe only required a tow for the final few miles into harbor.
Well, if their ultimate goal was Near-Certain Death, yeah, that might have been the ticket... ;-)

Those pleasant northwesterlies weren't gonna last even halfway to Bermuda, chances are they might have wound up right in the eye of the next low in the vicinity of the Stream... Yeah, that would have been sweet...

Getting lifted off that POS when they did was the ONLY remotely sensible thing those guys ever did...


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Double handed, one crew with no experience. No self-steering gear. Relying on an autopilot to get to OZ.


Worked for me... so far..
Guess that makes me a bad influence...
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Old 16-02-2015, 10:51   #35
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Please forgive my geographic ignorance here... but there's no chance it's the Aussie bloke and his dad mentioned on a previous thread, who bought the boat in the US and planned to sail it home to Australia?

I can't find the thread, and my grasp of North American geography is not terrific.

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Same thing crossed my mind, how many Australian father and son combination have bought a boat off ebay intending to sail it home. It has to be them! Makes me cringe!!!!!
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Double handed, one crew with no experience. No self-steering gear. Relying on an autopilot to get to OZ.


Worked for me... so far..
Guess that makes me a bad influence...
Yeah. But what time of the year, leaving from where and in what kind of boat? An eBay boat with nary a system that proved reliable? In any case I'll always choose a wind vane over a human for reliable crew anyway... Experienced or otherwise. The human that is.
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Double handed, one crew with no experience. No self-steering gear. Relying on an autopilot.

Not sure if crew fatigue was a contributing factor in the decision to bail but without power how long can a single guy last driving in conditions that demand a high level of skill and constant vigilance?

Do you put the guy with no experience at the helm? What if they're too scared to try? No experience driving the boat can be dangerous. Things can get broken. Sails can get torn.

One-on-one-off gets old for two guys with experience. Driving a boat in a gale is hard work. Must have been cold out there....
Add in the fact that such a boat requires the use of checkstays and running backs to keep the rig in the boat... First accidental gybe in those conditions could have easily brought the whole shebang down...

One really is at a loss of words, to even begin to scratch the surface surrounding the stupidity of this stunt...


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As an old CG hoist operator, who has gone out on rescues in weather such as what these two would be sailors were in, when they got into trouble.... We pray a lot, when we have the time....
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Add in the fact that such a boat requires the use of checkstays and running backs to keep the rig in the boat... First accidental gybe in those conditions could have easily brought the whole shebang down...
I've wondered if this wasn't the case with Rainmaker. What do you do in a puff? Drive the boat down. What happens when you drive too deep....

Regarding the Carroll Marine NM43, bet you five bucks you have to dismount the wheel to fit the emergency tiller on this thing.
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Well it would not be my choice of a boat for comfort, but of course they will make it.
Two mature smart people can handle that no problem. Boat looks adequate if Spartan.
Sneak down the East coast carefully, across the PAcific and you are home. She'll be right mate.
I'm kind of hoping he never gets to built. But, she'll be right mate.
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I'm kind of hoping he never gets to built. But, she'll be right mate.
He did say 'smart people'.
Oh and the Pacific is easy...thats why its called the Pacific...right?
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As an old CG hoist operator, who has gone out on rescues in weather such as what these two would be sailors were in, when they got into trouble.... We pray a lot, when we have the time....
Quite a few of us thank you for your service, just hope I never need it
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Others have sailed single handedly from the USA to Australia, sich as John Caldwell who had zero experience and after many adventures reached down under in a 20ft yacht. Details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6...sperate_Voyage

I listened to the audio book from audible ("Amazing sailing stories", compiled by Dick Durham).

Today we (me included) would call many of these nutters but I guess when they succeeded and overcame adversity they're heroes). Most made a real effort and didn't (couldn't) call for help at the first sign of danger. The audio book is a lovely listen on a quiet night!
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As an old CG hoist operator, who has gone out on rescues in weather such as what these two would be sailors were in, when they got into trouble.... We pray a lot, when we have the time....
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Quite a few of us thank you for your service, just hope I never need it
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