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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

Bad things happen every where, worse things happen at sea.
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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

Most car accidents occur within a short distance from home.

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Distance From Home % of Accidents
< 1 mile 23%
2 - 5 miles 29%
6 - 10 miles 17%
11 - 15 miles 8%
16 - 20 miles 6%
> 20 miles 17%
Ergo, stay away from home.
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Between COPAS - SARSAT and AMVER help is on the way ... if you have an EPIRB, Sat phone. SSB and VHF.
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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

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I am having trouble finding statistics that would tell me how many sailboats (30ft. and under) are lost at sea during any given year. I am interested in the East coast, and Northern Caribbean areas. Any ideas on where to look?
And for all of you with years of experience would you say these things usually happen because the people on board are reckless, given that today there is plenty of warnings with todays technology...etc. or, is it that the wheather can change that fast and the wheather people miss it that often?
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Here you go. Coast guard's COMPREHENSIVE report on all boating accidents, cross referenced by.... well. everything.

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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

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Bad things happen every where, worse things happen at sea.
Mmmmmm . . . . . .

Unless it's the Titanic most bad things that happen at sea yield a death toll of 2

Bad thing happens in Africa and the death toll is 2 million.

So worse things definitely happen on land, the sea is a really safe place (comparatively speaking).
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Mmmmmm . . . . . .

Unless it's the Titanic most bad things that happen at sea yield a death toll of 2

Bad thing happens in Africa and the death toll is 2 million.

So worse things definitely happen on land, the sea is a really safe place (comparatively speaking).
Genocide is people DOING horrible things to eachother.
When something bad happens at sea it's compounded by the fact that you're at sea. You can't pull over and get off of it. The time it takes help to arrive is measured in hours to day's not minuets, this is worse. if your house catches fire, you get out and stand on the lawn, this is bad. If your boat catches fire, you get in a little inflatable raft, This is worse. If you cut yourself real bad on land, you go to emergancy room and get stitches, this is bad. If that happens at sea, you try and stitch your self up and not bleed out while you fight infection, this is worse. If you get sick on land, a doctor perscribes you medicine, this is bad. At sea you try and diagnose and self medicate, this is worse. If you are having a bad day on land, you can just say screw it and go home. If you are at sea, you're friken stuck out there till you make land. thats worse. If you are in an earth quake prone or tornado prone or war torn area on land, or a famine stricken, plague ridden area, you can get the @#!*% out of that area, that's bad. If you are at sea in a storm, you are at sea in a storm, that's worse. Bad things happen on land, worse things happen at sea.
but I get what you are saying, I'd rather be at sea than be a TU TU at the Hotel Rawanda, that would be worse.
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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

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Genocide is people DOING horrible things to eachother.
When something bad happens at sea it's compounded by the fact that you're at sea. You can't pull over and get off of it. The time it takes help to arrive is measured in hours to day's not minuets, this is worse. if your house catches fire, you get out and stand on the lawn, this is bad. If your boat catches fire, you get in a little inflatable raft, This is worse. If you cut yourself real bad on land, you go to emergancy room and get stitches, this is bad. If that happens at sea, you try and stitch your self up and not bleed out while you fight infection, this is worse. If you get sick on land, a doctor perscribes you medicine, this is bad. At sea you try and diagnose and self medicate, this is worse. If you are having a bad day on land, you can just say screw it and go home. If you are at sea, you're friken stuck out there till you make land. thats worse. If you are in an earth quake prone or tornado prone or war torn area on land, or a famine stricken, plague ridden area, you can get the @#!*% out of that area, that's bad. If you are at sea in a storm, you are at sea in a storm, that's worse. Bad things happen on land, worse things happen at sea.
but I get what you are saying, I'd rather be at sea than be a TU TU at the Hotel Rawanda, that would be worse.
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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

Check boat preparation for intended voyage...Experience of sailor, practiced art of developing seamanship skills..it's not that bad out here. Safer then going to see a batman movie or dancing the watusi in Rawanda..
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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

I know you were asking for under 30 feet, but this list shows commercial ships that are lost or damaged. A lot of bad stuff happens "out there".
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Re: Bad things that happen at sea.

How many sailboats are lost...Does that really mean anything, unless you are selling insurance?

How do you weed out the different causes of loss? The folks who got caught in bad weather, or the folks who didn't have the sense to stay in, or the ones who never inspected a thru-hull? And how do you tell which ones just did something really stupid, like open a can of tuna fish and attract giant kraken, who will mercilessly attack when they smell tinned tuna?

Really, what's the point?
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