Please don't blame the boat for the failings of the captain and crew.
If they had been doing the same thing in a monohull, chances are far more likely that they would have died instead of merely having one person lose his leg.
Yes, I agree that the lack of seamanship is the issue, and that Darwin's theories are still very much the rule on the high seas.
I think it is one of those lost arts called Seamanship. You can buy a boat and all the toys but seamanship only comes from learning and experience. It is not something you can buy. I would not even dream of leaving the boat sailing un-attended. That is just plain stupid. Then again seem to be a lot of people on the water these days who think a wallet or CC card can substitute for seamanship. I have a few more things on the subject on our blog at sailvega | 118 year old sailing vessel for humanitarian relief
you might find interesting. In any case telling the fellow with his new cat that he needs to learn a bit before setting out would just not work... on the other hand maybe Darwin was right after all and that is what cats are for, says he laughing.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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