Thoroughly enjoyed your blog account... glad you were able to keep your sense of humour about you.. and survive the ordeal besides.
Lots of lessons learned, and there for others to learn from too. Well done.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)