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11-05-2015 09:08 AM
aeventyr60
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

We've been unmolested for the past 16 years In Mexico, South Pacific, NZ, OZ, going Westward thorough Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines...Much safer here then anywhere your living.
11-05-2015 02:02 AM
rgscpat
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

Which foreign waters? Some destinations are safer than home, some aren't.
And so much depends on the preparation, attitudes, risk management, training, and behavior of the sailor.
Go to a dodgy neighborhood late at night on some Caribbean islands, get drunk, try to score illegal drugs, act arrogant, talk trash, insult the locals, flash a lot of cash... something bad just might happen. Read up about your destinations, make friends with locals, be sensible, keep a low profile, act sensibly, and the odds get much better.
As for shady officials, being informed and respectful of local customs goes a long ways. Values and customs differ throughout the world... which would be a wonderful thing for children to learn.
Now pick a place you might like to visit and read up on it in places like Noonsite.
11-04-2015 08:30 PM
Perrinscat Looking for info and statistics on sailing incidents involving robbery and high-jacking, shady government officials molesting your boat or other people in general causing damage to cruisers. Weather and drowning is part of the game and risk, like rock climbing, but people don't shoot you too often when rock climbing. I want to show stats to friends and family that worry about us sailing with children in foreign waters. You got any info on that?
11-08-2013 10:57 PM
manatee
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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you can say that again about knuckleheads and powerboats. there seemed to be a bumper crop, this year. I definitely think you nailed it on the head. knowledge and skill go a long way towards avoiding disaster. that's what natural selection is all about!

oh. that's really terrible of me. lol
Where would the Darwin Awards be without natural selection?
11-08-2013 10:37 PM
captain jack
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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There's also the fact that any knucklehead can figure out how to get a motorboat going, but you actually have to learn a few things to operate a sailboat. The fact that a sailor has gone through the trouble of learning how to operate her vessel probably means she also learned a bit about safety along the way.
you can say that again about knuckleheads and powerboats. there seemed to be a bumper crop, this year. I definitely think you nailed it on the head. knowledge and skill go a long way towards avoiding disaster. that's what natural selection is all about!

oh. that's really terrible of me. lol
11-08-2013 10:29 PM
captain jack
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
It's not sailing anyone should be afraid of, it's the ocean. I admit freely that I am afraid of the ocean. Any sailor who says he/she is not afraid of the ocean is a likely candidate to become a statistic.
very true! my father always said a similar thing about motorcycles: if you are really afraid of them, you shouldn't ride. if you aren't afraid of them at all, you need to stop riding, because that will get you killed. you need to have enough fear to respect the dangers.
10-28-2013 02:38 PM
mattt
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Yes, but is that because sailboats are tough, because sailboat skippers are smart, or because sailboats only represent a tiny fraction of recreational boaters?

I'm betting it's the last one.
There's also the fact that any knucklehead can figure out how to get a motorboat going, but you actually have to learn a few things to operate a sailboat. The fact that a sailor has gone through the trouble of learning how to operate her vessel probably means she also learned a bit about safety along the way.
10-28-2013 01:29 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

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Sail Magazine, a while back, published the statistics for loss of life among pleaure boaters . Sailboats were a tiny percentage of the total, the rest being power boats. Compared to urban living, among huge hunks of metal ( vehicles) constanly hurtling past us from all directions , barely missing us; statistically, being on a well built sailboat in mid ocean is probably one of the safest places on the planet to be.
Yes, but is that because sailboats are tough, because sailboat skippers are smart, or because sailboats only represent a tiny fraction of recreational boaters?

I'm betting it's the last one.
10-28-2013 01:08 PM
smurphny
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

Here's a scary weather system. Hope no one is sailing across the N. Atlantic right now. Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Powerful St. Jude's Day Storm Pounding France and the UK | Weather Underground
10-27-2013 09:52 PM
Markwesti
Re: How "afraid" should we be of sailing?

The stats. don't say anything about the coasties or cops running boats over and killing people .
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