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Nice to hear they were found. I was worried that if they were NOT a twin hulled catamaran, that they would indeed be in big trouble.
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From Guam:
NEWS UPDATE 11:10 a.m. — "Pineapple" crew had to dismantle boom to make emergency rudder | guampdn.com | Pacific Daily News

Another write up with pics
5 Americans rescued off Philippines after catamaran left drifting for a week | Mail Online
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Just curious why losing a single rudder forced them to dismantle the boom. Most catamarans have TWO RUDDERS, so the loss of one shouldn't be too much of an issue.
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Guess they need to look at Giu's video, Steering with the traveler in case you lose your rudder.
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Trimming the sails properly should have allowed the remaining rudder to work reasonably well without the need to cannibalize the boat's rig to cobble together another rudder.

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Trimming the sails properly should have allowed the remaining rudder to work reasonably well without the need to cannibalize the boat's rig to cobble together another rudder.
given the fact that this was in the above mentioned article:

"Crew criticised for not taking long-distance communication and emergency distress equipment
U.S. Coast Guard deployed five aircraft and a patrol ship for nearly three days to find vessel
Female crew member managed to reach husband on mobile phone, who alerted authorities


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1350034/5-Americans-rescued-Philippines-catamaran-left-drifting-week.html#ixzz1Bz9G8QBw"

Im not sure they were totally capable of doing that? no long distance communication probably equals no liferaft if it got real dodgy? glad they were found and hopefully a lesson learned w/o loss of life.

as an aside, how much do you think five aircraft and a patrol ship for three days cost the uscg? a 400 dollar eprib would probably have made that one ship, 1 1/2 days? just curious...
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I'll bet the crew was surprised to find anyone was searching for them, as it seems they were doing just fine.

Other than the family of the crew, did anyone else need some assistance?

Why do you think they don't have a raft? or EPIRB? is there another link?
or is everyone now required to have sat phones? they said they lost the radio... handheld only goes so far...

-btw that's a whisker pole not a boom in the pic's.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/...10_634x475.jpg

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