Good to hear they made it back safe and sound. However, the following passage really worries me:
Our closed companion way allowed water to flood into the boat, as did the pilothouse hatches and Vetus vents and unbeknownst to us at the time a port in the v-berth had burst open.
If they knew they were heading into bad weather, and they should have known, as setting out without checking the forecast is both poor seamanship and exceptionally stupid, why didn't they close off the Vetus Vents?
It also sounds as if they hadn't stowed everything in expectation of a knockdown. A closed companion way shouldn't allow water to flood
at all. What did they close it with? ventilated louvered drop boards???
Granted the initial forecast was for "a 15 kt winds building throughout the day until Friday afternoon when 30kts and 3 meter swells were expected to peak and then ease late that night with westerlies to15 kts on Saturday"
But did they not get an updated forecast between the time they left and 6:00 pm? In the nine hours that passed, even as bad as weather forecasting is today, they would have probably known that the storm was going to be an order of magnitude worse than what was previously predicted, and could have turned back before getting clobbered.
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