Re: Sailboat perishes off Hatteras, USCG rescues crew
As a former delivery captain I can say I would NEVER round cape hatteras under any circumstances when on a delivery if the vessel was ICW capable. There are just too many unknowns on a boat that you are unfamiliar with. I can't tell you how many deliveries I have done when there were hidden issues with the boat that didn't show up until well into the trip. Contaminated fuel, battery issues, rigging issues, you name it. Part of the responsibility of a delivery captain is to minimize risk. Going outside Hatteras with few viable inlets in a coastal cruiser is just plain idiotic and irresponsible. Period.