Originally Posted by JomsViking
Ferry in Solent yacht rescue
Call me elitist, but I like a ship that right itself after a knockdown (and probably one that does not get's knocked down in bening conditions
It would help everybody if you researched the rest of the story before you aire out your elitist attitude in public.
This is a classic "I never wear seatbelts when driving to the corner store" story.
1) push away from the dock without filling the water ballast because I'm just going to motor across to a different yard.
2) throw a dinghy on the foredeck and don't lash it down.
3) gust of wind lifts the dinghy up against the mast, wedges it against the mast and the improvised "sail" knocks the boat down due to lack of ballast.
This is a testimate to a stupid skipper, not a fragil sailboat getting knocked down in benign conditions. This is a great boat when used in the manner and conditions it was designed for.
If you had done further research, you would have found additional pictures that show the boat floating high `n dry (mostly) with the skipper standing up on the pulpit rail waiting to be rescued.
How long will your boat float while laying on its side?