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There's also the fact that any knucklehead can figure out how to get a motorboat going, but you actually have to learn a few things to operate a sailboat. The fact that a sailor has gone through the trouble of learning how to operate her vessel probably means she also learned a bit about safety along the way.
you can say that again about knuckleheads and powerboats. there seemed to be a bumper crop, this year. I definitely think you nailed it on the head. knowledge and skill go a long way towards avoiding disaster. that's what natural selection is all about!

oh. that's really terrible of me. lol
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you can say that again about knuckleheads and powerboats. there seemed to be a bumper crop, this year. I definitely think you nailed it on the head. knowledge and skill go a long way towards avoiding disaster. that's what natural selection is all about!

oh. that's really terrible of me. lol
Where would the Darwin Awards be without natural selection?

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Looking for info and statistics on sailing incidents involving robbery and high-jacking, shady government officials molesting your boat or other people in general causing damage to cruisers. Weather and drowning is part of the game and risk, like rock climbing, but people don't shoot you too often when rock climbing. I want to show stats to friends and family that worry about us sailing with children in foreign waters. You got any info on that?
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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

Which foreign waters? Some destinations are safer than home, some aren't.
And so much depends on the preparation, attitudes, risk management, training, and behavior of the sailor.
Go to a dodgy neighborhood late at night on some Caribbean islands, get drunk, try to score illegal drugs, act arrogant, talk trash, insult the locals, flash a lot of cash... something bad just might happen. Read up about your destinations, make friends with locals, be sensible, keep a low profile, act sensibly, and the odds get much better.
As for shady officials, being informed and respectful of local customs goes a long ways. Values and customs differ throughout the world... which would be a wonderful thing for children to learn.
Now pick a place you might like to visit and read up on it in places like Noonsite.
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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

We've been unmolested for the past 16 years In Mexico, South Pacific, NZ, OZ, going Westward thorough Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines...Much safer here then anywhere your living.


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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

I would like to just quickly point out an error in your summation of the facts. True there were far fewer fatalities in specific scenarios (i.e. rough weather). What isnt taken into consideration here is the number of vessels under sail at the time of the statistic. Lets say that there are a whopping 300 fatalities on a nice sunny day and only 30 in the middle of a hurricane. one could gather that it would be safer to sail into a hurricane unless they were to find out that there were 2,000,000 boats on the water on the sunny day and 30 in the hurricane. At the end of the day, Ive found its best to know your limits, your crews limits and of course your vessels limits...and then not push them.

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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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My thought on it is that all of the things you mention are dangerous, so there is no good way to argue against the danger. You can get hurt rock climbing, and you can get hurt sailing, even die, it happens. I think it is best to just face that head on and not try to argue against it when people say it is dangerous, fine, it is dangerous, but we keep sailing anyway.
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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

And yes, there are a lot of dangers in sailing. But if your passion has overtaken you, I guess there is no way to stop you.
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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

Old thread dredge alert...
Also the OP has been booted.

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Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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Old thread dredge alert...
Also the OP has been booted.
So????

BTW - Golf is more dangerous than sailing.

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