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Maybe 60-somethings are coming from a different era.... Today, among my early 30-something peers, this wouldn't turn any heads (assuming wife did in fact have the proper skills and experience).
Ehhh, not sure about this on my end...

However I know plenty of men, older and younger, who would do bone headed things like this without thinking twice (a few are actually friends who I am contemplating buying a life insurance policy on), the type who know all there is to know about pretty much everything. The type who tell you that if they hit a little squall they don't need reef points they can just start the motor and get away from that lee shore, and besides they are good swimmers even without PFD's

She paid 31,000 POUNDS for a 30 year old, 31' monohull? Isn't that like 45,000 bucks? Sounds like a scheme of some sort to me...
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May be she purposely ran into the rock at high speed. There must be some underlying reasons she did that. It is so beyond stupid.

They should call the Scotland Yard.
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Missed that! So she sailed to Mousehole on Friday and then didn't leave until Saturday evening. I was about to say that would be strange indeed, but Mousehole is a drying harbor so, if she missed the early morning tide, she would have to wait until late afternoon to be able to leave. Penzance (just North of Mousehole) shows high tide on Saturday at 5:08 pm. Maybe foolish but not so strange.
How many nm is it from Mousehole to Bideford? How many hours would it take for a "normal" passage?
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She seemed a bit eccentric to say the least.
Hey, it's England - they define the term.

There have been several similar, albeit less tragic, stories in the British yachting press this year. People with little or no experience buying boats and immediately leaving to sail them home. Ending up on the rocks just outside the harbour, dismasted and engineless within a few miles and so forth. The others I read about were all rescued by that remarkable British RNLI.

When you consider that London lies at the latitude of Prince Rupert or southern Alaska, it might give you some idea of the weather & sailing conditions these people are dealing with so casually.
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Could have just fell overboard, it happens and the results are usually bad
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She paid 31,000 POUNDS for a 30 year old, 31' monohull? Isn't that like 45,000 bucks? Sounds like a scheme of some sort to me...
Check out prices in Blighty - it wasn't at all out of line for a decent Moody.
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How many nm is it from Mousehole to Bideford? How many hours would it take for a "normal" passage?
'Don't know Bideford but about 90. Once you round Lands End (she already had) and assuming the reported Westerly force 5, you'd want to be well off-shore and you'd expect a fast broad reach for most of the way. But there are rocky outcrops, including off Sennen Cove, and if you stayed close in, on a lee shore and were a bit off track... at night ...
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Check out prices in Blighty - it wasn't at all out of line for a decent Moody.
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Until Hanse bought them, Moody hulls were built by by Marine Projects, who build super yachts and then fitted out by Moody. Good quality boats that retain their value. Not quite a Hinckley, but close. (BTW I'm currently shopping for a 425 so I'm a little biased).
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They've found the boat now. Looks like she traveled about 15 miles or so from her start.

Missing Yachtswoman: Boat Found Off Cornwall | Orange UK
The wreckage likely IS hers, but it's by no means definite. If you read the linked article, there's really no more info than there was with the previous piece about "wreckage" being found. I did note that the photos from earlier show a bit of upholstery that seems to match the pre-sale interior photo.

I don't think there's really any mystery here, just somebody biting off more tan they could chew. Happens all the time with motorcycles and sports cars, and sometimes the nimrods live to learn the lesson. Sometimes they don't.
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Re: Woman Missing – A warning to Newbies.

Man the trouble I could have got into if I had been able to simply buy aboat and head out in my youth, instead of having to take a while to save the money, learning all the while before heading out. However some one of such obesity, could have problems staying aboard, with such low, yachtie, flimsey lifelines, as the ones shown.
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