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Hey Drake, thank you SO much for your videos, they are huge for us folks just getting started!

Question, was this the Titan 14 in your video? That is some impressive vessel.

$5,000,000 was her price tag I believe.

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There is a saying among motorcylists: $15,000 and 15 miles don't make you a biker. I don't sail much but I did qualify inshore skipper throught the US Navy sailing program in addition to having been an On scene leader for firefighting and damage control parties for all engineering spaces-rescue and repair, repair locker leader and fire marshall as well as damage control console operator, and relief on scene leader for helo crash and smash fire party. The reason I enumerate this is that the first thing that struck me in the first video (I haven't watched the rest yet) is the fact that the cockpit is a mess. When you prepare to get underway the VERY first thing you need to do is SECURE for sea. Drake obviously hasn't done even this basic first step, that he survived and learned is great, however, his learning curve really didn't need to be nearly so steep.
Maybe we were watching different videos? Things looked pretty shipshape to me.

If you get a chance I would recommend you watch the rest of Drake's videos.

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Hey Drake, thank you SO much for your videos, they are huge for us folks just getting started!

Question, was this the Titan 14 in your video? That is some impressive vessel.

$5,000,000 was her price tag I believe.

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Hi Ninefingers, Yup, that's her! Those photos are such a dream! Take it as rumor as I don't know if it's true, but someone recently told me that Titan XIV is actually just the support boat for a much larger one...

After Titan XIV arrived to continue the tow (12 hours after the collision) and I had relayed all of the relevant information I had to them, I had to speed off for Bermuda to enter the harbor and set anchor before sunset. Gail the crew on Cha Cha later told me that Titan XIV used some kind of canon/harpoon gun to shoot a light string over Cha Cha's bow.. To this they attached a spare halyard to use as the tow cable and asked Cha Cha to be extra careful with it because it cost over $3000.... here's a quote from a story which Gail wrote... I'll ask for her permission to post her entire story here...

"What followed was the tow from hell. It was so fast that it felt like we were inside a donut behind a speed boat. We radioed to ask them to slow down but they said they could not go below 8 knots as they were ‘only idling’ the engine and would lose steerage otherwise. This was almost as bad as being in the storm, but at least it only lasted four or five hours. "
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.........."What followed was the tow from hell. It was so fast that it felt like we were inside a donut behind a speed boat. We radioed to ask them to slow down but they said they could not go below 8 knots as they were ‘only idling’ the engine and would lose steerage otherwise. This was almost as bad as being in the storm, but at least it only lasted four or five hours. "
Gail doesn't seem to have deserved that experience, but the Cha Cha's skipper had some karma coming his way.

On the other hand, were you able to tell what would possess Gail to get on that rag tag boat with a stranger and set out to sea? From the pics of Cha Cha, I would question being below decks at a dock. Shake hands, throw my crew bag below and chop lines? No stinking way......


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well done after all

I was first amazed that he did'nt seem very prepared or trained, but after a while i really respected the way he turned out to help that other boat, and in the end he was not the amateuer but the 52 ft'er! What happened later, are there more videos?
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titan 14

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Do you know what kind of boat the titan is?
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Do you know what kind of boat the titan is?
A very f'ing nice one. There's a link to it a few posts above.
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Google the Titan XIV and you will find she's available for charter for $70,000 per week or so.

Somehow, I find it amusing that the uber-rich have to pimp their things out so they can afford them. That's probably unfair, but honest.

I will often google a mega yacht that we find in an anchorage, just to learn what it is. They are always for rent.

Once, we had our lunch anchor down in the bay with a 150 ft power yacht several hundred yards away. When I looked it up, some newspaper articles said it was reportedly owned by a NYC mobster. We decided not to socialize. However, it too was for rent.


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Somehow, I find it amusing that the uber-rich have to pimp their things out so they can afford them. That's probably unfair, but honest.
They/we don't. Offering one's yacht for charter makes it a business endeavor and, virtually, the entire cost of acquisition, operation and maintenance, tax deductible. One only needs show break-even or a modest profit once every 5 years or so.
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