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I always try to learn from the mistakes of others and I still consider myself a fledgling when it comes to sailing but WTH! Even I know that one would have to be completely brain dead to leave a safe haven in front of a hurricane knowing the hull speed of my boat could not exceed the speed of the storm. I can't imagine what he was thinking. And since he can't come up with $50 bail money, I think his hopes of moving the boat within a week are just as sunk, unless he has $8 for a good shovel and one hell of a strong back.
As I mentioned before, a travel lift would be useless. If a mobile crane could be driven close enough, wide pads could be used under the outriggers and the boat swung 180 degrees to a waiting truck. That would cost more than the shovel though. A dozer could pull it up on a skid, or over rollers to a more stable surface where it could be loaded. Can't be done from jail though.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong. Aren't most, if not all sailboats that are suitable for coastal cruising capable of handling the conditions this guy found himself in? I'm not validating his decision to be there but I'm sure that all sailors find themselves in bad conditions when they can't avoid a storm or forecasting falls short. The only damage I saw was the result of the anchor chain. I would think that trying to get off a lee shore should be attempted before anchoring. He could always drop an anchor as a last resort, and shouldn't he be carrying more than one anchor? If it was me, I would have dropped every anchor I had, then tied a line to the dead engine and thrown it over as well.
What I'm getting at is, assuming the captain and crew make smart decisions, surely those conditions aren't "boat killers".