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Old 01-06-2012
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I am pretty sure the plan didn't say "3 day voyage...plus or minus 3 weeks."
The person he left the plan with did right.

BUT it was his ex wife...so who knows what kind of BS him or her were playing...

And appearently he had food and water for an extended trip...
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Seems like it would have been irresponsible of whomever he told his plan to if they didn't report him missing after three or four days for a one or two day trip. When would it be appropriate to contact the authorities if someone is overdue on a 1-2 day trip; 3 days after departure, 4, 6, 10? If someone told me they would be somewhere in one day and three days later they weren't I would be calling someone. That would be the equivalent of waiting a week on a two week sail, which seems reasonable.
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Originally Posted by AdamLein View Post
His problem was not with whom he trusted his float plan; they did exactly what they were supposed to do. His problem was that he didn't fulfill his end of the float-plan bargain, which is to communicate updates to the status of the plan.
I agree. In this day of inexpensive satelite (email and voice), or SSB long range communitcation, if you tell someone you will be at a destination on a certain day, and you are not there, I think it is your obligation to communicate an update. If you cannot afford to do that, then you should not tell people where you are sailing, just tell them you are going for a sail and will return to a port at a future date, and just leave it at that.
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