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It seems to me, that the most valuable asset to a sailor, is a cool head in the face of disaster. I read a book, 66 days adrift, and the man and woman were hit by a whale, knocking a hole in the hull. He said he looked, but couldn't figure out where the water was coming in. So he tossed his raft, inflated it, and they both climbed in. He said they stayed there and watched the boat sink. According to him, it tool a half an hour to go under.
At the risk of sounding haughty, I think I could have kept that boat afloat (not to mention I wouldn't have gone down below with a pod of pilot whales aggressively swimming with me-I would've stopped, turned, reversed, did whatever I had to do until the animals were no longer with me).
As to the breach: First of all, I would have started the bilge pumps working immediately. Then I would have found that that damned hole, if I had to tear out every cabinet in the vessel. Then, I would've stuffed something, cushion, clothing, anything against the hole and then screwed a plywood, or some other material, plate over the hole. At that point, I would've kept the bilges working, having my sailing partner bail if need be, and headed as fast as my motor or sail would carry me.
She might have still gone down, but I would NOT have sat for a full half hour and watch her sink.
By the way, I've been sailing twice in my life.
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