Most of the problems found in the story on the "Equipped" site are clearly due to improper or poor preparation and planning by the owner of the boat, rather than any inherent flaws in a Catalina. Even the rudder failure was something that the owner should have addressed, but did not.
Setting out on a bluewater passage without a fairly complete set of tools is both foolish and dangerous. It is one thing to be few hours from help, and another thing entirely to be days away from help...which would have been the case if he had been in the middle of his voyage, rather than just starting out.
Exactly...and the SSB antenna would have been a fairly serious burn risk if the SSB was transmitting.
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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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