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(PS - Another thing that amazed me was how quiet and calm it seemed inside the cabin.)
I had the same thought.. but then if the camera is attached to the boat and there's no real outside reference (in much of the video the hatch is just a bright spot) you wouldn't see the boat's motion as it's zero relative to the camera.

I'm in line with most of you.... 'Why, and 'what for'? But not the first time this kind of thing has been attempted, and likely not the last.
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Re: Video Recovered from Abandoned Boat

I say the most bad assed feat is rowing across the ocean, doing it with a kite is just GAY!!!
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Re: Video Recovered from Abandoned Boat

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I share SloopJonB's sentiments for the most part yet there is something to small boat adventuring. I still recall Robert Manry's Atlantic transit in the 13.5' "Tinkerbelle" in 1965. His thoughts on the subject after the fact can be viewed at (click on): Comments for Sailors in TINKERBELLE by Robert Manry

We had some pretty remarkable, albeit ill-advised, adventures in small boats early on--from crossing Bodega Bay in a borrowed El Toro for a "camp-out" (absent a compass and getting becalmed in a cotton-ball fog mid-way) to deciding it was a good idea to try sailing a Lido 14 to Catalina (and damn near freezing to death in the process until collected by a good samaratin in a power boat that stopped to ask us "what the he_l are you kids doing out here!?!). Despite the foregoing, with proper preparation, small boat cruising can be quite an adventure--and Learning Experience!!!

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Hopefully, we ALL did some damn fool adventurous things when we were KIDS. Big difference to doing it when you are (supposedly) all grown up.
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I tell you one thing - if I am ever in a situation where I have to record my last minutes on this earth on a video camera to be recovered later, I won't be dropping the f-bomb every 10 seconds, and I'll say some things a lot more sincere and less self-centered than "I'm thinking about the (unnamed) ones I love ... things will be different if I get back."
Now this is entertainment
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Kinda torn but I'd rather my tax dollar being spent for R/R having to do with these litltle guys than corporate-financed offshore racing...at least they can drag this little tub onto the rear deck with fairly light block and tackle or sink it with one blast of the deck gun....and be off...or just get the one solo sailor off and be off...instead of having to pull 8 guys in survival suits out of the water which may require a blackhawk,etc that is already low on fuel to be on site for a half hour...and/or the cutter needs to blow 8-10 caps in the 50-foot thing, score another few bucks for Lockheed Martin's ballistic division profits,etc etc...I dunno...I have more sympathy for these little guys...not alot..but a little more..

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Re: Video Recovered from Abandoned Boat

Perhaps we should put this video as a Sticky in answer to all the "How big of a boat do I need to cross an ocean"? posts.

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Re: Video Recovered from Abandoned Boat

While I do share the general sentiment on this thread, that the guy is crazy and deserves what he gets, this still scared the spit out of me.

I hope to do the Pacific Milk Run, about 3000 miles, in my CSY 44. Much more boat than what this guy was aboard, but his video still gives me pause.

Wow.

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Re: Video Recovered from Abandoned Boat

Man gets little boat with weird rig. Man goes out on the deep blue sea. Big wave flogs little boat. Man has to be rescued. None of this is surprising. More expected.
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Re: Video Recovered from Abandoned Boat

I've met the guy on Tinkerbell and saw the boat first hand a sailing conference. He didn't take much risk, that boat was BUILT! It was as solid as an ocean buoy, and his planning was unbelievable. He was prepared for the worst and then some. A real sailor in the truest sense of the word.

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I've met the guy on Tinkerbell and saw the boat first hand a sailing conference. He didn't take much risk, that boat was BUILT! It was as solid as an ocean buoy, and his planning was unbelievable. He was prepared for the worst and then some. A real sailor in the truest sense of the word.

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I tend to agree that the fellow seemed to be very experienced and didn't strike me as crazy or anything like some have posted. I wonder what this experience has taught him actually and whether he'll be "having another go"...If so, I doubt it will be in a kite-driven bouy but we'll see...the guy survived...i wonder how far he got across btw..guess his website is up and it would say there...Now if a portion of the rescue costs can be re-couped from him by agencies involved everyone's happy but I doubt it works that way...otherwise I think this remains a fairly sober yet daring attempt in a new sailing medium...and IMHO should not be as derided as it has been mostly thus far in here...

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