Life is a wild ride!
Join Date: Apr 2011
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@ Tdw I'm glad to hear it's only temporary. His comments and opinions prior to losing his composure were insightful.
@ Smack Man, you crack me up! I am glad to hear that positive things will come about from such a terrible event as Doug experienced.
@ Neverknow I partially disagree with you. I don't want to reopen here the discussion from another thread but Doug was not the one who initiallly wanted to abandon. It was his wife when she made him choose between her and the boat. I do agree that it appears that many of the rescues performed are from boats not in danger of sinking but I for one am not going to pass judgement on them. I have no idea whats going on with them at the time of the abandonment.
I have never been offshore on a small boat and I don't feel that over 5 years of sea time on a Carrier qualifies me to contribute much to this discussion, but I will say this; Through the course of researching boats and metally preparing myself for life as a future liveaboard and long distance cruiser, almost every book I've read tells readers that being prepared for the worst at sea is the best form of seamanship, the kind that will save your life. I agree with Neverknow that technology probably does give a person a perceived easy way out. But when you enter any number of crew into the equation, do you demand that they have the same stamina as yourself? How would you test that? Do you risk your relationship with that crewmember? That is exactly the situation in which Doug was placed and he made a decision. Everything discussed in the Triumph thread was in retrospect but it would be a tough call to make IMHO.
I sincerely hope that training on this type of situation becomes available. In that case, I think we will all owe some gratitude to Doug for stepping up and telling his story, regardless of the direction his thread went, and to Smack for taking the initiative to ensure that others are better prepared through training. Kudo's to you both!