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post #4 of Old 11-16-2019
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Re: Sailor Peter Farrell / SV Tally Ho Missing

Donít know why wood has such a bad reputation. Currently waiting for my boat to splash in Grenada. Several boats in here are plank on frame and more than 60 years old. Some in hard commercial service but several rtw veterans in recent years. Got friendly with a Brit who sailed a 60í plank on frame wood sloop here by himself. Boat from the Ď30s. Like everything else if maintained quite seaworthy. Unlike glass a frame or plank goes punk you replace it and restore to original strength. Built in the era of unreliable engines and no push the button and they come get you designs accounted for sailing in heavy weather.
Think thatís a unfair hit with us no knowing the tally ho.
Similarly Phil Weld sailed American Promise at about this fellows age. Philís boat made this one look like a dinghy. Once again we have no personal knowledge of Mr. Farrell so believe we arenít in a position to be judgmental.
Will say at this point a AIS, SSB, satphone, Go or spot is a good idea for passage. Not only for SAR but also for weather and tracking.

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