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post #104 of Old 10-31-2012
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

I'm a bit torn over the lesson to be learned here. Since we know the forecast when they left, have seen their track on SailWx and read the Capt last email, we virtually know what they were trying to do. Outrun the storm to the West, between it and land. I presume they were hoping to get south of it before it made its turn and can give them credit that they knew their boat speed should do it. That's giving them that benefit of the doubt.

It would be quick to think you should have a plan B and not put yourself in a position to be stuck between rocks and a hurricane. You should have a Plan B and landing a port in those seas, isn't a good one. The harbors could be impossible to enter or you could end up with the storm coming right over head when you get there.

However, they clearly lost hull integrity somehow. If that happened in the calmest weather and they swamped the diesels and generator, it would have ended the same way. So, in that regard, the hurricane didn't matter, unless it was the heavy seas that caused the damage. Presumably, the crew knows this answer. On the other hand, there may have been a shortcoming in the integrity of hull, in which case, they should not have been offshore.

It will be interesting to learn more, so that we can understand decision making a bit better.

For the conspiracy theorists, maybe the Captain left in a different vessel and they all scuttled the thing for the insurance.

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