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View Poll Results: Most Dangerous (Generally) to Deep Water Cruising Sailers
Rogue Waves 2 4.88%
Pirates 1 2.44%
Random Hull Strikes: Logs/Containers/Whales/Etc. 8 19.51%
Bad Weather 8 19.51%
Colision with Fishing Boats and/or Gear 2 4.88%
Colision with Shipping 4 9.76%
Gear Breakdown 6 14.63%
George W. Bush 6 14.63%
Fear 8 19.51%
Boredom 7 17.07%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

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What should any cruising sailor fear most during a Shorthanded circumnavigation, on average:
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The stupid part of the poll is that you have gone political... BTW G.W. Bush isn't the president, it is B.H. Obama and he is trying to turn the USA into the Socialist States of America.
And the most dangerous would be a collision at sea... Doesn't matter whatever you have hit.
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The stupid part of the poll is that you have gone political... BTW G.W. Bush isn't the president, it is B.H. Obama and he is trying to turn the USA into the Socialist States of America.
And the most dangerous would be a collision at sea... Doesn't matter whatever you have hit.
I totally agree.
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The next most dangerous thing for your boat is Obama... He will decide to tax your luxury vessel at 100% of its supposed value.
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LAY OFF BUSH!!!!!!!

Your guy is president now so stop your whining!
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What does "dangerous" mean? "Most expected damage, given the event occurs?" In that case I'd have to say that "sun explodes" is the most dangerous. "Most likely to occur?" In which case I'd have to go with chafe, or maybe corrosion.

Other than the political bits, the real problem with the poll is that it's too ambiguous. Pirates aren't a danger: just don't sail in pirate-infested waters. Collisions with shipping aren't a danger: post a lookout at all times. In order for the question to be meaningful, you need to specify the capabilities of crew and vessel, route taken, schedule, etc.
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I want to vote for "Poor attempts at humor".
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Humor? Was there Humor here??
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Adamlein is "spot on" the poll needs serious work before it ready for prime time. That being said and in an effort to get the survey back to some sort of seriousness.

Earlier today I voted breakdown failure of gear. But having all day to think on it I think I would vote for something not offered on the list.

The most to be feared is a medical emergency at sea. It can happen anywhere to anyone. And it can be anything medical. Get bit by a fish you catch and like my dentist friend who had it happen to him in Mexico, he near lost his hand. And he wasn't making any crossing, just some local sailing. And he knew what was happening to him. Somewhere's on one of my computers I have photos he sent. Major infection, within hours his hand was twice its normal size. Joe Sixpack would have lost his hand and perhaps his life. Step wrong on one of those lines everyone seems to want to run into the cockpit and fall and break your ankle or leg. Slip while slicing bread and badly cut your hand, who's going to stitch you up at sea? The list of possibilities is endless. And if it happens at sea and one is not prepared, easily tragic.

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