Whilst our Maritime Safety
Authority in NZ conduct excellent investigations into near misses and accidents in NZ waters, they generally don't investigate problems outside NZ limits.(I've been through the process a couple of times with them & they're 110% fantastic to deal with)
As I've come closer to heading off, I have paid a lot of close attention to things that have gone wrong for cruisers and tried to learn from their mistakes
A recent case of a 20 metre motor
yacht being overwhelmed by a wave & sinking very quickly is the latest to attract my attention. How could this happen? I've spent many years at sea on commercial
vessels from 26' to 26000 tons and have pushed the envelope as skipper
on numerous occassions but have never come close to foundering. Is this luck, did I really push the envelope? I rate my skills as average so I can't claim to have been entirely responsible for my & my crew's continued existence.
Is there a good resource out there in cyberland where I can find out results of any investigations? Does anyone have first hand experience and wish to share it?
I've always thought the land was responsible for most founderings but there seem to be an awful lot of boats lost
well out of sight of land.
It would be all too easy to blame the skipper's in these cases but I feel it's a case of "there but for the grace of God go I". If the errors were human, what were they and how can we learn? If it was structural failure or some other reason, how can we prevent it happening again?
I am all in favour of the man against the elements sort of thing but we also owe a duty to our crew safety
and to the thoughts of those we might leave behind.