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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

My wife will not ever let me install the hatch in the companionway, while we're sleeping. Makes her seriously claustrophobic. Something locked would send her over the edge. Going to have to stay clear of places this is an issue, I guess.
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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

Reality is that quick release is not that easy to achieve if release itself is distant from the companionway. As per offshore racing regs (Cat 6 ? I'm not certain) we are required to have board lockable from the inside with a quick release but quite frankly it would be useless against an intruder.

Otoh , the metal frame, which I think is damn good idea particularly if covered in insect screen, can be unlocked pretty quickly in an emergency and would not be used at sea only at anchor. If we suffer a catastophic hull failure or inferno at anchor and don't have time to unlock the metal frame then there are two hatches offering alternative egress.
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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

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For instance, what if there was a fire and the main exit for whatever reason was blocked? What if you were inverted and the main exit was blocked, filling full of water? Something to think about eh?

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I agree it is important to have an escape route in case of fire....but I hope I never end up "inverted" at anchor!
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I agree it is important to have an escape route in case of fire....but I hope I never end up "inverted" at anchor!
inverted at anchor?? I suppose that possible. I guess we better start thinking of installing an escape hatch in the bottom.....
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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

So how is the lady? Medical treatment is expensive and I wonder if there is a collection being taken or any help being given to these poor people?
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So how is the lady? Medical treatment is expensive and I wonder if there is a collection being taken or any help being given to these poor people?
They both had their stitches taken out yesterday. I spoke to Mark last night and both feel better without them.
I think it takes a day of so after they come out to feel better.

The medical fees including Hospital, and post hosp accomodation has been paid for by Grenada Toruism!
They are now in a room and their boat at Port Louis Marina and all paid for by Port Louis Marina.

Tina and Mark hosted a security meeting at Port Louis Marina on Thursday night which I was the MC.
We had between 150 and 200 people (with GREAT food from the marina all supplied by them!).

Tina and Mark talked everyone right through every detail of the attack and aftermath and were very full in answering questions.
We then had a big group discussion on things we can do. (Amazingly completely different from the BS that comes up in this thread!!).

We found that there are not many incidents like this! No one in the whole group had this sort of experience so it doesnt happen often.
There as a break and enter of a boat last Sunday, crew not on board, so we discussed that too.

One great discussion thread was about having cockpit lights that can be turned on quickly from below including a switch at the bed. If you hear any little noise you bung the lights on and experience has been if there is anything out there, they will get off, or at least you can see them.

Also stuff about DSC use because we have a radio repeater here thats much better than DSC (and Police/Coast Guard dont have DSC anyway). DSC tx's on VHF 70 and defaults to 16 neither which have a repeater so voice on 66 is better.

Lots of ideas came up, lots of great discussion, lots of good will etc. Great positive evening.


All in all Tina and Mark are doing better than one could expect. They are a pretty dynamic couple, Mark quite laid back and Tina quite a go-getter they ballance very well and I think give each other a hugh amount of mutual support.

Good on them!
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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

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Tina and Mark hosted a security meeting at Port Louis Marina on Thursday night which I was the MC.
We had between 150 and 200 people (with GREAT food from the marina all supplied by them!).

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We found that there are not many incidents like this! No one in the whole group had this sort of experience so it doesnt happen often.

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Lots of ideas came up, lots of great discussion, lots of good will etc. Great positive evening.


They sound like an amazing couple. It is lovely to see that they are doing well and I send many good wishes in their direction for a continued recovery.

It is also nice to see that they are using this experience to enact positive change and awareness. I don't suppose anyone filmed the gathering…it would be interesting to see the discussion that ensued and some of the solutions that were suggested.

Thanks for the updates!

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