This Coast Guard rescue represents the problem of trying to sail a boat that is more than one can safely handle in extreme conditions. Looks like the crew could not even reduce sail as the loads on boats of this size become extreme at high wind speeds. Bigger not always safer.
The Coast Guard Channel: The Perfect Storm Rescues
You got it wrong Casey, there was nothing wrong with the boat and they say so on the video.
The boat was sailing with all that sail because it could handle and be stable with all that sail. On the movie you can see that the skipper reduces sail (between the beginning and the end of the movie). The crew was only one guy, the family could not help , two women that didn't know how to sail and a small child. They say the boat was his new
baby and clearly he had not experience to sail alone that boat.
They say he was exhausted!!!! All he had to do was to close the boat put a floating anchor out and wait the storm to pass. Anyway for what I can see and the amount of sail the boat carried there was no need for that at that moment. The boat was sailing alright.
Clearly a terrified family that had thought that the sea was always a nice place and that had enough of bad weather (and the worst was yet to come) and wanted out.
Do you think they would be better or safer in a smaller boat, maybe a 27ft boat? That's plain crazy.
This was clearly a case where the boat could take a lot more than the crew.
Some buy a 50 or 60ft boat and think that the boat is so big that it will always be comfortable or that the boat can take any sea and even if it is obvious that a big boat will be safer than a much smaller one, there is conditions that can be dangerous even for a much bigger boat than that one.
The big and important question is what the hell was doing that boat there?
They certainly had information about the weather. That is the capital error and the one that shows the inexperience of that skipper, more than the fact the had abandoned a perfectly sound boat just because he was tired.
Why he did not put the family safe and stayed on that boat on a floating anchor? Surely he had one and if not, well he is the one to blame, not the boat.