Robert Sailor is right. I apologize. The Contessa 32 is a tough little boat
. I have always thought Tania Aebi was an extraordinary woman, sailor, and an extremely intelligent and gracious person. Her accomplishment changed the lives of many women
, sailors and non sailors alike. It was not a stunt and I have the utmost respect for her and her voyage.
You can guess I donít think the same about her dad. 28í is a very small boat
I guess my comments are about shattered dreams and shattered bodies.
Iíve worked for and personally built solid, seaworthy
vessels. Iíve worked for builders, very successful companies, who produced fast, lightly built boats which were never intended for ocean voyages. Nor were they constructed to last a lifetime even with good care. They were designed and built for a market driven price
point and they were built by the thousands. It was an unregulated industry.
They built a lot of stuff that doesnít age well. Kinda self destructs.
Passenger vessels are inspected...well except 6 passenger, like itís ok to let 6 people die. Now you have thousands of boats in conditions which range from seaworthy
to junk. Itís not anything like planes. There is no FAA. Itís not even like commercial
trucks. What we do have is the internet
telling people to buy a boat
because it will give them the one thing they do not have...freedom, independence. Give me your money
, take a few lessons and off you go. Iím not in favor of mandatory vessel inspections nor licenses for sailing. You want to cross the ocean in a rowboat...fine. Just donít bring a radio
and ask the Coast Guard or a Merchant Mariner to risk their life to save you. Iíve seen silly boats cross oceans. What does that prove. Manatee biscuits float too.
My wife and I met a couple with three children
in a plywood trimaran
who were on their second round the world
. The children
had Polynesian names. I often think about them and wish I knew how life turned out for them.
He hit a steel
buoy and I gave him ply, glass, epoxy
and ring nails so they could carry on. They were so poor they were gathering periwinkles for food
. Three of the happiest and smartest children you could ever meet.
People come to the forum for advice
. I donít want to crush the dream but neither do I want to see them perish. So throw stones at the friend of the manatees. We are used to getting run over and have the scars to prove it. But till then...
Happy trails to you
Mark and his ďFoster beer
cans build better aluminum