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Re: Sailboat perishes off Hatteras, USCG rescues crew

Originally Posted by outbound View Post
5yrs. from now not certain these folks will be listing this event on their C.V.s. If they were crew not captain google search may be uninformative as their name may not have appeared in the lay press.Would also suspect not all such events are reported. Unfortunate events occur where it is appropriate that the captain/crew be held harmless. What I'm asking is there a record of a Court of Inquiry or other public record of formal judgment on such events one can refer to in vetting these "professionals". Agree there is amble reason to believe the owner of the IP did not do his due diligence befoe hiring these guys.
Then again people do learn from their mistakes.
At least some do.
Was Washington a bad general during civil war

What was Washington's real strength was that he never gave up. He kept an army in the field for six years, against numerous defeats and extreme difficulties and hardships. As one of his men said "We fight, get beat, rise up and fight again". Eventually this convinced the British that they could never subdue the vast territory of America, and so they finally gave up.

I'm just saying that the chances of a delivery captain getting a run on perfectly good weather, with no time limits, with favorable prevailing wind and current at the right time of year, with plenty of easy to access ports on the way is pretty slim.

That is when the owner grabs a couple of buddies and goes for a fun sail.
No the delivery skipper gets called when the boat has just been bought, the yard finished up yesterday, against the current and prevailing wind, unsettled weather and a deadline.

So now this delivery skipper has to decide if his mortgage being late three months is more of a risk to his health that a particular delivery.
In one sense it is their job to push the boundaries, they should be able to pull it off as they are professionals but they are not going to win every time.

The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.

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