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Kodad, please re-read jhj post one more time, I agree with most of with said. I just wondering what kind of radio you have in the raft that you have contact with the coast guard 100 miles off shore.
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Damn! I knew I should have brought that water-proof, hand-held ham radio[g]

The consensus says set off the epirb and radio (and/or sat-phone) a mayday as soon as you abandon ship. I guess I was just curious if anyone would wait until conditions subsided to do so, if they didn't feel imminently and immediately threatened despite the treacherous conditions.

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I have a question...what whales were they?
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I'm sailing an Etap. Lots of water down below, it's going to be uncomfortable making tea while standing in water up to my knees. No danger of sinking. All the extra water makes her very stable and extremely unlikely to be rolled. We are traveling a little slower. What was the question again?
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That is what i meant earlier about the pan-pan being answered. 100 miles off shore no guarantee or was another vessel that answered. Lots of people have been picked up and not had the coast guard involved.
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I have a question...what whales were they?
I believe they were the rarely seen Cetacea Portagea Luis species. Very hard headed whales from hell, really. Virtually indestructible, but very playful and cute.

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I just want to know what it was you did to piss off the whales....

(Activate the emergency beacon as SOON as you make the decision to bail out)

Avoid contact with Moby and his crew at all costs....

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That's the one! They may look small, but they pack a solid punch!

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I just want to know what it was you did to piss off the whales....

(Activate the emergency beacon as SOON as you make the decision to bail out)

Avoid contact with Moby and his crew at all costs....
I guess I should have stated this in the original post. The three experienced crew were actually sailing monkeys. That is why we felt so safe. It was in fact one of these monkeys that pissed off the whales (words were exchanged, plankton and bananas thrown, a real hullaballoo).

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This is purely hypothetical:
I'm 100 miles off-shore, in a perfectly outfitted boat that is in perfect condition, with an expertly trained, experienced crew of 3 people. A freak gale pops up out of nowhere, no warning, as we have been monitoring our weather reports constantly. Suddenly we crash into a submerged cargo container at the exact moment a lightning bolt strikes our mast and brings down our rigging. Our hull is breached from the cargo container and a pod of whales is compounding the damage by ramming us repeatedly. We decide to abandon ship on our perfectly provisioned life-raft. We have food, water, satellite phone, VHF, Epirbs, first aid kit and an i-pod. We radioed a pan-pan to let anyone know our predicament. We feel relatively safe in our life-boat despite 30ft. seas and 60mph winds.
Do we activate our epirbs immediately or do we wait until conditions to calm down so that SAR do not have to be deployed in extreme and dangerous conditions?
Kodad. if your hyphypothetical is like this.......I would say set your EPIRB off at the DOCKhypotheticaly.

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