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12-14-2008 12:28 AM
T37SOLARE Cutting through the BS, you stated a crew of 3 people. As captain of the vessel your responsibility is the safety of the crew, period. Call a MAYDAY and set the EPIRB as soon as the situation unfolds.

Once the crew safety has been addressed you are free to play with the whales and monkeys all you wish.

Happy sailing.....
12-13-2008 08:38 PM
sailingdog Setting off the EPIRB when stepping up in to the liferaft is an excellent idea. If you have a Sat phone, calling the USCG might be a really good idea. BTW, don't piss off the whales... they're smarter than you and can be very, very mean...
12-13-2008 08:12 PM
Originally Posted by SimonV View Post
Kodad. if your hyphypothetical is like this....
Is that like a hiphiphooray-ical?
12-13-2008 07:51 PM
davidpm You didn't mention what kind of propulsion your life raft has. What makes you think the raft will head for a near shore. If it decides to go for a distant shore you better have one of those 100 gallon rafts plus food.
Drowning is only one way to die.
12-13-2008 07:36 PM
Originally Posted by KODAD View Post
This is purely hypothetical:
I'm 100 miles off-shore, in a perfectly outfitted boat that is in perfect condition, with an expertly trained, experienced crew of 3 people. A freak gale pops up out of nowhere, no warning, as we have been monitoring our weather reports constantly. Suddenly we crash into a submerged cargo container at the exact moment a lightning bolt strikes our mast and brings down our rigging. Our hull is breached from the cargo container and a pod of whales is compounding the damage by ramming us repeatedly. We decide to abandon ship on our perfectly provisioned life-raft. We have food, water, satellite phone, VHF, Epirbs, first aid kit and an i-pod. We radioed a pan-pan to let anyone know our predicament. We feel relatively safe in our life-boat despite 30ft. seas and 60mph winds.
Do we activate our epirbs immediately or do we wait until conditions to calm down so that SAR do not have to be deployed in extreme and dangerous conditions?
Kodad. if your hyphypothetical is like this.......I would say set your EPIRB off at the DOCKhypotheticaly.
12-13-2008 07:07 PM
Originally Posted by N0NJY View Post
I just want to know what it was you did to piss off the whales....

(Activate the emergency beacon as SOON as you make the decision to bail out)

Avoid contact with Moby and his crew at all costs....
I guess I should have stated this in the original post. The three experienced crew were actually sailing monkeys. That is why we felt so safe. It was in fact one of these monkeys that pissed off the whales (words were exchanged, plankton and bananas thrown, a real hullaballoo).
12-13-2008 06:49 PM
KODAD That's the one! They may look small, but they pack a solid punch!
12-13-2008 06:41 PM
N0NJY I just want to know what it was you did to piss off the whales....

(Activate the emergency beacon as SOON as you make the decision to bail out)

Avoid contact with Moby and his crew at all costs....
12-13-2008 06:38 PM
Originally Posted by Giulietta View Post
I have a question...what whales were they?
I believe they were the rarely seen Cetacea Portagea Luis species. Very hard headed whales from hell, really. Virtually indestructible, but very playful and cute.
12-13-2008 06:29 PM
bubb2 That is what i meant earlier about the pan-pan being answered. 100 miles off shore no guarantee or was another vessel that answered. Lots of people have been picked up and not had the coast guard involved.
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