Originally Posted by Sal Paradise
Not entirely speculative - he did say he knew they (the crew ) were getting e-mails and calls warning about the hurricane and he decided they were leaving in an hour. According to the news accounts that is exactly what he said when he assembled the crew.
In what scenario is he NOT trying to get them off the dock ASAP before they get too scared? The only possible other one is " heading east" which he did not do.
It was also at that time that he said to them that it was more safe to be in sea than in port. I guess that if he really wanted to sail out (whatever the reason) that was a possibility. They were receiving e-mails and in some time some credible guy could come and say that the Captain was mad into sailing out and that they would be madder if they sailed with him. So why wait for that possibility? He could not sail out without a crew