Originally Posted by DRFerron
No. But there are degrees of seasickness beyond simple queasiness. Once you get severely seasick, your ability to make good decisions is impaired not to mention your ability to physically do anything to save yourself should it come to that. If everyone on board is in the same state, how is that safe? If everyone on board is incapacitated, coupled with 8 to 12-foot seas, add to that a potentially inexperienced crew, how is that safe?
We don't know. We weren't there. All I'm saying is castigating them because of seasickness is not fair.
With all due respect young Lady, one darned well better know whether one can handle 8-12 foot, to say nothing of 20+ foot seas, and winds of 25 Knts gusting to 35, for an extended period long before one sets off on an ocean voyage. Long before.
The fact of the matter is that all of the so called "safety devices" and CGMB (" come get my butt") rescue locators in vogue today, coupled with the erroneous idea of "safety in numbers" (which only applies if you're a Sardine in a school being hunted by Dolphins) gets unqualified people into these events where they should not be to begin with. A review of the NDBC records indicates no unusual or exceptional conditions that should have been of any particular concern/difficulty for any boat equipped to make the planned voyage. The wave period was a bit fast at one point--5 sec, but even then, the waves were from the north-northwest as was the wind. If one can't handle that, one sure as shoot shouldn't have gotten oneself out there to begin with, to say nothing of yelling help and quitting a perfectly seaworthy boat. No wonder our insurance premiums are off the chart.
Jeeze, what'a senseless, unnecessary waste of boats and resources...