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post #250 of Old 02-21-2013
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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat

I think I'd still feel safer in the Pudgy, Glenn, but that's me. I've never been in a liferaft after a sinking, so I guess my fears are all based on the countless survival stories that revolve around herculean efforts to patch a leaking inflatable in order to avoid becoming shark food. I can't tell you how comforting the thought of a hard, damn near unsinkable shell between me and the alternative makes me feel.

I was once in a RHIB zipping across the Baltic, transferring between two ships. Not that it wasn't a nice ride, but the coxswain was wearing a dry suit in case he fell in or the boat sank. Being a passenger, I was not. As we zipped along for several miles en route, I couldn't help but think that if this sucker goes flat I'm done for. The coxswain might stay warm long enough to be rescued, or at least they'll see his body eventually- but I'm going to be a popsicle, and then shortly after I'll be crab food.
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