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post #55 of Old 11-08-2013
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Re: Rallies Gone Wrong

Some here are forgetting that Capt. Bligh had a pretty large crew of experience sea men that were motivated to get home to England. Tough men who lived in tough times. Could he have done it by himself or with a crew of four or five? Maybe/maybe not. Would he have called for help had help been callable? Probably, unless he really was the asole he is said to have been.
As to limiting offshore cruising/racing to large boats, how can one state seriously the minimum size that could be said to be safe enough and durable enough that help will not be required for any conditions that could be possible?
I sure hope insurance is never the determiner for who gets to go sailing. Look how that industry so royally screws us every day. Also, the Coast Guard is somewhat like the emergency room. They really cannot turn down a request for help. Should the requester be financially liable for the help requested? You answer is probably directly proportional to how red meat conservative you are, or how far removed you are from the danger.
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