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Re: What's your biggest bonehead move sailing?

Originally Posted by wolfenzee View Post
I would rather learn from someone else's mistakes than my own. The biggest bonehead move I have seen recently cost someone's life and boat (after almost being killed a couple days before making the same mistake).
Basically a guy bought a boat (CAL27) that had been sitting a long time, left on a trip by himself ignoring what the weather said and a gybe almost took his head off.
Then with a serious head injury, after everyone telling him not to leave and more weather warnings (turned out to be 50kt winds w/18ft waves in the strait)...he left anyway. 2 1/2hrs out he sent a mayday, US and Canadian Coast Guard searched for 3 days to no avail. The worst thing about this is that it was 100% avoidable.
Though I didn't learn anything from his mistakes, because I knew better anyway.
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