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Many shelters are single-gender. A man breaking into to a shelter for women would definitely be trespassing (at the very least).
Roger that- didn't realize he broke in to a womens' shelter.
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I have never seen a news report in the non-sailing press that gets that sort of stuff right. The news reporter on the TV report keeps calling her a "ship."
Kind of like any tracked military vehicle with a gun barrel is a "tank" -- drives me bat shite whenever it happens.

Just proves that any 1/2-way good loooking knucklehead that can speak without drooling down the front of their shirt is fully qualified to be an on-air reporter.
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Kind of like any tracked military vehicle with a gun barrel is a "tank" -- drives me bat shite whenever it happens.

Just proves that any 1/2-way good loooking knucklehead that can speak without drooling down the front of their shirt is fully qualified to be an on-air reporter.
I always wonder why the reporter needs to be outside in the rain and wind while reporting on a Hurricane or any other storm. Seems they could just sit in their nice air conditioned van and aim the camera out a window.
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I'm thinking that the Cat was in charge and made some poor decisions once things got difficult
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Travel lifts can carry quite a load, all depending on their designed load capacity. Unfortunately, attempting to drive an already heavy lift across wet sand would likely sink it to the point it could not pull itself. I doubt it would make it to the boat, let alone be capable of lifting it and walking out without leaving one more man-made object to be removed from the beach. It's a good thought though.
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To follow up on Dean's comment.

I thought the same thing (the travel lift would sink into the sand)

In addition the mast would have to be unstepped get the travel lift into position.
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After reading his story, he still deserves the Darwin award of the year, but I hope he can pick up the pieces and get his life back together.
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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".
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Oh, and I posted the travel lift comment I saw cause I thought it went without saying that it wouldn't work (power lines? the mast?) and it was funny..

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This whole thing is just the train wreck of this guy's life playing out in a public way. We see this all the time. This one just happened to include a sailboat in the drama. An analysis of his seamanship choices at this point in his life is pointless. If he were driving he would have missed a corner. If he were flying he would have stalled in a turn. If he were climbing he would descend onto a rope that is 20' too short, etc.
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