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Seems their black box was about empty (for those who don't understand, click the link below).
Still, a bad day sailing, nobody should have that happen to them.
Thanks! I think I earned something just by taking the time to read that and take the lesson to heart.
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very few people ever go aground,drown or crap in their pants while sitting at home reading the sunday paper,i too am glad to hear it ended somewhat well for them
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"Crapping on the efforts and abilities of folks floating our dreams is the antithesis of the sailing ethos."

That's a great line, how true.

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I certainly wouldn't compare this incident with the recent grounding off of Fire Island.

The former was overcome by events despite what would normally be regarded as adequate planning, the latter was ignorance and stupidity. Hopefully they get her off and into a safe harbor.
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These guys had bad luck. they got hit by a water spout. It shredded the jib and ripped the boom off at the gooseneck. They went closer to shore and anchored to assess the damage. Their anchor rode broke so they started motoring in 8 foot seas with 20-25 knot winds. they ran out of fuel at 11 PM. They tossed both anchors in but neither would catch in the 8 foot seas.
I agree we should not denigrate the choices of a particular captain. However, as with other similar stories, it is instructive to be critical. For example:
1. Thunder storms are hard to predict, however, some days are better than others.
2. Once out there, it is just really bad luck that they actually got hit by a water spout (water spout in a T-storm is probably a tornado).
3. Possibly they would have been safer trying to get further off the lee shore rather than go in with no ability to sail, and little fuel. (although this is arguable since they knew they had limited capacity to sail or motor)
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It doesn't look like the boom was broke off at the gooseneck in the video?

At least it was on Mustang beach - That area is just sand on the beach - no rocks or anything to cause significant damage to the boat

If you're gonna run aground that is probably as good of a place as any
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It's just human nature to find fault with a skipper that runs aground. None of us wants to think that we're one random incident (waterspout, cancer, etc.), away from disaster. If we can point to a fault, we then have proof, at least to ourselves, that we would certainly be exempt from a similar fate.
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Agreed that I may have reacted too hastily in placing blame. Sounds like they did get some bad breaks.
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I think the minute the anchor rode broke was the time to call the CG. Knowing that both sails are out and not enough gas to make it to harbor. Then again, they came pretty close to harbor from what I understand. Maybe a miscalculation.

Glad they made it safely.
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I think the gentlemen did well considering the the end result. Not a bad looking old boat what is it?
And yes s*** happens that's what makes life interesting.
Did any of you watch The Amazing Race last eve and you know that s*** happens and you must use s*** to make fuel
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