Originally Posted by StuM
The time is not really surprising.
About 2500NM in 180 days is only 14NM per day or less that 0.6 knots and the boat would have been in the Gulf Stream/Azores Current
almost all the way.
The town he left is 30-40 miles from the Gulf Stream
. At some point, the boats was in the stream, but it is surprising to me that he deliberately went that far off shore in that little boat. We are sailing west of his town and we don't see power boats his size even three miles off shore. They are hugging the coast to go fishing
He appears to have left from Carolina Beach which is a small town just north of the Cape Fear river and Cape Fear. The Gulf Stream
is 30-40 miles away. Frying Pan shoals off Cape Fear go out 30ish miles, and supposedly are good fishing areas, but the waters can be rough to say the least.
I have never heard if he said where he was going fishing so we might never know how his boat got into the stream.... On one of our sailing trips in the last year or so, there were multiple Pan Pans of a capsized power boat
that was offshore
. Never heard that it was found anywhere. Maybe it is still out there...
Decades ago. Maybe in the 60's or early 70's, a Catholic priest and another man, went off shore in a small boat
in South Florida
and were never seen again. The Bermuda
Triangle got them don't you know.
Course, they were very likely out in the Gulf Stream when something happened. I wonder where the boat turned up? I figured it just kept riding the Gulf Stream...