Originally Posted by barefootnavigator
Would it be safe to guess that the boat sank from lack of maintenance? or lack of knowledge of boat ie poor seamanship? All sea cocks should be closed at sea hence the term sea **** so the only realistic place water would be coming in is from stuffing box, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out, does it? I wasn't there none of us were, still my point is it could have been avoided with a little prudence. My guess is that if the boat wasn't insured and there was no life raft it would still be floating.
You seem to be stuck on the "why" of an event. In the event, the "whys and woulda, coulda, shoulda's" are irrelevant. It is the "if" one is preparing for. Or not.
Recently MarkJ began a thread on a multi-million dollar yacht that burned to the waterline, fortunately, while at anchor, shortly after a transatlantic passage. No one is certain of the cause, although electrics are suspected. Fortunately, all were able to abandon ship without injuries to other than their dignity and wardrobes (and the wallet of the owner). Had that fire erupted a few daze earlier, they'd have been far at sea and likely in shoot city absent a raft. Similarly, a few years ago some friends of ours returning from Isla Mujeres "hit something" in the night and promptly lost their rudder. Only very fast action saved the boat and it was very touch-and-go for several days at that.
The why's and woulda, coulda, shoulda's of an event are irrelevant to any but Monday Morning Quarterbacks and condescending self anointed "experts" although the after-action lesson's learned for avoidance/prevention are no doubt of value. Never-the-less, it is the If's that need be prepared for. The Why's are merely fodder for bar-side debate.
N'any case one can choose to prepare or choose not to. Different ships, Different Long Splices, eh?