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Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

Here is a link to to an interview with the story of a man who bought a boat and went sailing. The interesting aspect of this article is not that he "survived". It is about the choices he made and how his priorities conflict with them. Some great lessons here.....


.Adrift 54 days, boat comes ashore on Martha's Vineyard : The Martha's Vineyard Times
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What's his sailnet screen name?
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

He has a bit too much money for him to be a sailnet member.....kidding...just kidding...
But what is interesting is that everything he had was on the boat...yet...no insurance.....also the fact that instead of hiring someone to salvage and sail the boat, and run it to a marina for a pull out survey/repairs .He instead wonders how he is going to get his motorhome and boat to Florida. His priorities on land and sea seem to be a bit....inconsistent......

He does have a nice boat btw.......
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

How many times do we see an abandon boat survive at sea without anyone aboard? It tells you a lot about that moment when the crew abandons ship. The boat knows it will survive but will probably go through hell first. The people on board can't handle that hell as well as the boat can and bug out.
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

Dang... the boat was in good shape. Even the solar panels show no sign of damage. I hope if it was me I would have had the guts and sense to stay on the boat. Maybe he did not reef in time and the sails got shredded, or they shredded after he abandoned his boat.
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

Is that the boat Jon posted a picture of in the Hatteras thread?
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

'One' in Florida? Speaking as a one, we seem to be more of a group down here... :-€
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

How quick things are forgotten...
captain Jay John Burki
Stuck in the sand on Gulfport Beach, his life at sea slides toward an unhappy end | Tampa Bay Times

Oh and this one
http://norfolk.wtkr.com/news/news/53...-new-look-life
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

I can't tell you how much a story like this ticks me off! He abandons the vessel without scuttling it so it can drift (forever?) as a hazard to navigation, and then leaves it on a pristine beach for others to deal with. While it is very disturbing about the looting, particularly on the Vineyard were I would not have expected it, it could not have happened to a more deserving person. With luck he won't have the $ for the salvage fees, and ownership of the boat will pass to a more responsible owner.
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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel

agree, except I don't see scuttling the boat as a real course of action.
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