Re: Robert Redford, Sailor
I liked Lou's backstory - it was fairly close to what I had in my mind also, which meant I enjoyed the film. The only thing which niggles me was the lack of an EPIRB - but if he had one it would not have been much of a story! And I agree with the others - I didn't see errors, so much as dumb mistakes anybody could make - like the wrench to tighten a thumb-tightened antenna connection. Perhaps a bit spurious, but you have to fit a shot from the mast in somehow, don't you!
One thing I liked - which I know the directors strove for - was the condition of the boat. Maintained, but slightly run down - little things like holes in the mast where a cleat cleat to be added hugely to the reality for me - a seaworth boaty, but not new.
As I recall they bought at least 3 boats for the filming, and one indeed was cut up to get the camera into the right places.