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From Heather's own site, it clearly states that the engine had serious issues just after her Jan 3, 2008 departure. Also, the sliding companionway hatch had managed to lock itself, and lock Heather out in the cockpit... forcing her to hack her way through the dropboards to get back in--leaving a relatively big hold which would have been really bad in the case of a knockdown or storm.
Also, Heather did have a dislocated thumb at the time she left. From what I understand, she's not selling Filght, but going to be doing some coastal cruising around Florida and the Caribbean with her.
I think part of the biggest problem she had was the mental pressure that was the result of publicizing her attempt so strongly. It didn't help that she had also asked for donations and financial support through her website. BTW, one recent post said that refunds were going out to people who had donated to fund/support her circumnavigation attempt.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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