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post #196 of Old 11-11-2013
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Re: Rallies Gone Wrong

Originally Posted by Minnesail View Post
Hunters aren't safe, everybody knows that. This summer I sailed in a Hunter 340. We were 25nm offshore and got sustained 30 knot winds. The boat just broke apart and we all died. True story.
I was there too.
I don't think it was the the Hunters fault.
What really happened is that the two bull dogs we had for companions were deathly seasick.
While you were cleaning your full automatic weapon with armor piercing rounds one of the dogs threw up on you.
That caused a series of events.
The gun went off spraying the cabin with bullets. Fortunately none of the rounds hit below the waterline.
One round however ricocheted off the marble counter top and hit the switch on the new anchor windless releasing all 200 feet of line.
Due to the the waves the boat twisted around and the rode fouled the prop causing the engine to break its mounts immediately destroying the stern tube.

This of course caused the boat to sink and subsequently our death.

So while the Hunter did fall apart, it was due to a bad anchor, bull-dogs, marble counter tops and firearms.

Get your story straight.

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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