I'm not saying a Catalina is a bluewater boat, but a lot of the problems, like the failing electronics, broken hatches, blocks and rudder failure could have been prevented by proper maintenance and preparation. It isn't that a Catalina couldn't make that voyage, but whether it was wise to do so, with such poor preparation and planning.
Generally, boats that are abandoned, are not abandoned because of any single thing, but a series of events that go wrong. Also, it does sound like the crew wasn't properly prepared for the conditions they'd face when offshore. The medical kit wasn't really appropriate for the conditions they faced.
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
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