What's with them? Engine quits and it's over with. Columbus didn't have a engine neither did capt. Cook yet they sailed on.https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/10/26/navy-rescues-2-americans-and-their-dogs-who-were-lost-sea-months/803593001/
A 40' sailboat washed up on the beach here yesterday after the coast guard plucked the crew off after their engine quit off Tampa, yet the sails were in working order.http://www.nwfdailynews.com/destin/20171025/phantom-boat-washed-ashore-in-sandestin-has-story-to-tell
No compass? No GPS? No EPIRB? No spot? No iReach? They can afford a "year's worth of food", but not decent electronics?
All they had to do was keep sailing due East or due West...for 2 months. :shrug
I'm curious to do hear "the rest of the story". Perhaps the helm/rudder broke.
I have a friend that calls them Whistle Pissers.
Blowboater: "Hey, how much is your diesel?"
Marina: "$4.00 per gallon"
Blowboater: "Can I use your head?
Then he steals all your toilet paper.
-- Tug McGraw on getting a raise
Get Down Fishing Charters - Port Canaveral, Florida
I agree, far too many "BOATERS" have no idea how to operated a boat or what to do in an emergency.
You and Demere have both made my morning
Had more than a few power boats do the same,
Well, since the wind is free shouldn't everything else is free????
When a power boat loses its power it's pretty obvious your dead on the water.
At least with a sailboat you have sails!
Just saying, if you start out sailing you should be ahead of the curve.
Can you cross the Atlantic in your boat?
Put it in gear and steer. :grin
Oh my! You fit the stereotype perfectly!
Two college friends who were in the OE department with me got married in school and said they were going to work unitl they were 54 and quit and sail around the world.
One was chief pipeline engineer with Shell in the gulf, other was the Mars group leader at NASA.
They bought the boat right out of school and lived on it in a marina in Texas.
Sure enough, quit at 54, had the boat refurbished at Rybovich and began sailing about 9 years ago. First did the Eastern Caribbean and then North coast South America, on to the San Blas Islands for a while, crossed the canal, did Galapagos Islands they set sail to French Polynesian. Marques then Tahiti, and now they spend about 5 months here then back to the boat.
Living the dream!
Oh sailors??? Heck I learned more on that boat than i did in my 50 years of boating with powerboats. When they cross the pacific, they lost some rigging. Thats OK, they kept emailing me issues and we hunted down what they needed to have it shipped to Tahiti. No problem the NASA Engineer redesigned the broken rigging with parts on board and were sailing again and off engine in about three days.
Trust me these two will never be adrift!
You surfers would love the guy, he has a quiver of surfboards for any wave he might find on board the boat. Oh and two or three of everything from pumps to filters, to enough part to rebuild almost anything at sea,
Not all sail boaters are A holes!
I prefer Calgon
If a 21' flats boat can do it, mine certainly can but why? There's Jets for that.
Just saw this
Well, that certainly proves something.
Nothing was wrong with the boat, yet the guy abandons it?
Or when the money runs out you still have a large vessel to maintain. I'm sure it's a problem all over Florida but up here the number of abandoned boats is unreal. A lot sink and have to be removed at taxpayer expense.
This is very true.
You have to know every system on the vessel and be prepared to fix it yourself.