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Old 29-03-2017, 12:16   #16
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Re: Lifeboat called due to lack of wind

@boatman61 At my mooring if you get the tide wrong you're sat in the mud for a few hours. Not happened to me (yet).

It is also entirely possible they sent a Pan Pan, or even just a general call for assistance, and the CG decided to request help from the LB.

The one rescue I've been involved in, a 12m RIB with both engines swamped, the CG called the LB out even though we could easily have towed them back in.

@Pete7 Great point. Up until recently there weren't any near me, but in the last couple of years the offical station at St Abbs was closed and an indepedent has set up. There's a good list at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indepe...in_and_Ireland

@zedpassway I dont mean to judge them unfairly, and there's easily more detail to this. That said, not enough fuel for a 2 mile run seems a little strange.
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The most common dodge is engine not working.. as for them dropping the tow.. unlikely as there's a large sandbank to the E of the channel and a training bank to the W.. in neaps the tide runs out of Poole at 3 kts+.. during springs its 5kt+ so one can imagine the chaos if they cast a tow adrift.. and the risks if the case was genuine fuel problems.
The shot at the tiller is me concentrating on the 40 odd boats ahead entering and leaving the entrance.. to my stern are bigger boats under sail and in the distance a wave of motor and sail bearing down.
Oh.. and chuck into this a regular Cross Channel large Cat ferry and RoRo's coming in or departing..
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Maybe the US actually has a decent system. If it's life threatening, call the USCG. If you run out of gas, breakdown or just feel like it, call Seatow or US Towboat or whoever and pay them (or have your insurance pay them) to tow you in or bring you some gas.
Where I live, there is only the USCG. The nearest private operation is 120 miles away.
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When I was picked up, the USCG boat was operating on only one of the two engines. Their own engine had died from the clogging use of ethanol gasoline. But the USCG is not allowed to use ethanol free gas, as I am. Now all my small motors including my snowblower run on it.

But even the smallest day excursion can turn into a long outing if weather conditions change drastically, and if you aren't prepared. Its especially yucky when you are within sight on your binoculars of where you need to be but just can't get there, and a drifting away from the place.

I love holier than thou sailors who don't understand that other sailor's best made plans turn out to be sadly less than they thought it would be---because it never happened to them. If they get out enough, it eventually will happen to them. So many things can happen that you didn't expect when you are out on the water. And if the water temperature where you sail is 50 degrees F, falling in is also immediately life threatening.
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I love holier than thou sailors who don't understand that other sailor's best made plans turn out to be sadly less than they thought it would be---because it never happened to them. If they get out enough, it eventually will happen to them. So many things can happen that you didn't expect when you are out on the water.
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50 degrees F, falling in is also immediately life threatening.
Fortunately, we don't have to deal with cold like that!

For the waters around us outside of ~15 miles, the only choice you may have if things go entirely south is to kick on the EPIRB and abandon the boat once the CG chopper flies in from Guam to pluck you off the deck. On the other hand, we don't need to deal with massive amounts of traffic on the water

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[QUOTE=terah;2359205]@boatman61 At my mooring if you get the tide wrong you're sat in the mud for a few hours. Not happened to me (yet).
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Terah.. That's the reason for the calls.. Poole harbour is full of drying mooring.. a good 70% are such so if you get it wrong with timing it can mean a 6-8hr wait before you can get tied up.. and at say 4pm that can screw up your train or drive home for a Monday morning start at work..
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Nah, they are only weeks slow sailing apart, almost next door. As I said we used to go to the IOM for fish and chips, a grand day out. Oh and they both are covered by the RNLI, which also do a grand job, but occasionally someone needs to fly the flag for the independents.

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You didn't say where you departed 'FROM', to get to the IoM. because I can't envisage a trip from the IoW to the IoM just for fish and chips. This would mean all the way west across the south coast of England, hang a right at Longhships and up the Irish Sea to the IoM ... like i said, a hell of a long trip for anyone whether sail, power or Lifeboat. What am I missing here?
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