SailNet Community - View Single Post - Lost at sea
Thread: Lost at sea
View Single Post
post #28 of Old 11-29-2011
smurphny
Over Hill Sailing Club
 
smurphny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
Posts: 3,191
Thanks: 76
Thanked 87 Times in 84 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Onerous regulations and insurance requirements would put many of us out sailing, sink the marine industry, and serve only to eliminate all but the very wealthy from sailing. In this situation, the guy was obviously not a capable navigator. Perhaps to eliminate these kinds of calls a test demonstrating knowledge of basic sextant use COULD be a good thing. Everyone going offshore should have the ability to at least take a noon sight so he/she can estimate position without a GPS. No boat should be offshore i.m.o. without a battery powered, waterproof handheld GPS as a backup. As in all matters where the taxpayer is left holding the bag, lack of personal responsibility is at the core.

Maybe the criteria for free rescue should be sunk vessel or imminent death, otherwise you pay for frivolous calls.

Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
smurphny is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
 
 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome