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Re: Sailboat perishes off Hatteras, USCG rescues crew

Originally Posted by casey1999 View Post
Why did they not just put the sails up and head out to open water instead of risking the CG's lives in a dangerous night rescue. They say they are sailors- then sail......

The conditions do not look that bad, paper says 40 knot wind and 10 foot seas. That is a day sail. Why does the sailor say he was lifted 30 feet but when you see video, you do not see anything rising and falling 30 feet?
I wonder if they really knew much about sailboats. We had a captain for my agency who moved a sailboat we had seized. He was doing fine, motoring it in, until he put it in reverse, and couldn't understand why a 40 HP motor could stop a 20 ton vessel going six knots, in twenty feet. (Hey, it always worked when their was 1000 horsepower).

The concrete dock stopped it, only taking a medium sized chunk out of the bow.
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