I had a lot of questions about whether they were being deliberately economical with the details in certain places so as to allow us to make inferences which suit the story better than perhaps the whole reality would have. For example, in the scene where they are dead reckoning through all kinds of peril, there is a GPS in the background. They didn't say they did not use GPS, but neither did they say they used it to verify each DR position. They started out with a complete wreck of a hull, but then furnished it with real stainless rails and stanchions, a decent mast and standing rigging and what looks like a relatively new set of sails. (The wooden whisker pole was a good touch though.)
In getting ready for something like this, what makes you break the piggy bank is usually the accumulating cost of a million little things, not the purchase price of the hull. It seemed like they were not on such a shoe string budget for those. Purchasing a boat in better shape to begin with would have made much more economic sense, but it would not have made as good a story. Maybe their families insisted on a certain level of real gear, like the diesel and the solar cell, which they chose not to use or dwell on so as to stick to their original plot.
Last edited by meteuz; 10-19-2010 at 03:40 PM.