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#1 MarkMT

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 05:22 PM

Slightly curious story...got lost on way from Hawaii to Tahiti after departing in (northern) spring. Rescued yesterday by the US Navy. http://wapo.st/2yPGNZ0

 

The pair had prepared for a long trip; they had water purifiers and over a year’s worth of food on board, mostly dry goods like oatmeal, pasta and rice.

 

But apparently didn't have the ability to navigate or someone to raise the alarm if they didn't show up when expected?


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#2 erice

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 05:25 PM

amazing

 

hawaii to tahiti by sailboat

 

became 900nm from japan because the engine failed.....

 

good ad for dried food and water makers

 

bad ad for ..................

 

better not go there

 

looks like they boat was scuttled?


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 05:28 PM

Shots on TVs showed a furled mainsail??left to cross the pacific: didn’t know how to navigate? Didn’t know how to sail?
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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:55 PM

Certainly makes Cat 1 look like a sensible idea.


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 05:36 AM

Yeah I don't get the fact the Sail was tied up on the boom. It's easy to read into the article that they were motoring the distance and the motor failed. But surely not.
I wonder if the motor was only source of charging and thus when the batteries died, they lost all means of navigating.due to the Chartplotter not operating.
But good grief, 5 months out there?! all they had to do was raise the sail and go any direction till they bumped into land.
This has to be one of the strangest stories of lost at sea I have ever heard.
 


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#6 ex TL systems

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 06:15 AM

Or maybe the sail is furled because someone is rescuing them ., and they know how to sail.
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Posted 28 October 2017 - 07:17 AM

Woefully inadequate trip prep?

 

Mast compromised, running rigging unfixable? No approriate spares. No rigging knowledge.

Damaged rudder, compass,gps, profoundly dyslexic, chronically seasick?

Boat snatched by aliens?

Too few cell phones. No mains AC to plug into.

No fear.

At least they are alive & survived a life lesson.

Curious.

 

A bit like that driftathon guy. Forget what he was trying to do apart from becoming flotsam with a young female.


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 07:29 AM

Yeah it kind of reads a bit like they've just been sailing around in circles lost, rather than having an actual problem with the boat.  

 

Interesting the navy went aboard and determined the boat wasn't seaworthy - perhaps there were more issues with it than just a dodgy motor.  Certainly doesn't seem like they were well prepared, makes one wonder whether the engine issue was something minor/fixable and they just didn't have the knowledge.


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 08:11 AM

watermakers use a ton of power

 

unless it was a manual 1......

 

hope someone writes up a full investigation

 

and we scan skip the made of tv 

 

thelma + louise beat neptune


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 08:12 AM

It's all planned, now wait for the movie and book contracts, they will make more $$ per hour from that stunt than a house in Auckland....
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