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Excellent point. One should also consider having an incapacitated crew member along the way too. btdt

In a way, this can be where tankage matters offshore. An insufficient crew is likely to need to motor more.
YES! I bunkered enough fuel to motor... from NY to Bermuda and from Bermuda to Caribbean ~1,000nm). Longer than that I would need lot's more fuel.

I actually DID motor once from St Marten to NY! YIKES!

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Excellent point. One should also consider having an incapacitated crew member along the way too. btdt

In a way, this can be where tankage matters offshore. An insufficient crew is likely to need to motor more.
HA! Your going to depend on an incapacitated crew member to motor you along? Another fools's errand here!


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HA! Your going to depend on an incapacitated crew member to motor you along? Another fools's errand here!
Not sure if that was humor or confusion on your part.

In my experience, the incapacitated crew are down below..... incapacitated. The remainder of the crew found they had to motor more, as they were too short handed on the sails. On one occasion, I was the one incapacitated from getting deathly ill and was the strongest sailor aboard.


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^^^ you never know how the sickness thing is going to play out. Great lakes crossing in May, 35 ft boat, not just rough, but it was cold too. Had a 10 month old with us, so he had to stay below for the cold, but all other adults were too seasick to go below. They would become incapacitated with sickness if they went below. So, all the adults except me (the owner and skipper) had to remain in the cockpit while the skipper hung out below with the baby. Worked okay because my nav station was down below and there was one other strong sailor on board up on deck, but it was an unusual set of circumstances.

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^^^ you never know how the sickness thing is going to play out. Great lakes crossing in May, 35 ft boat, not just rough, but it was cold too. Had a 10 month old with us, so he had to stay below for the cold, but all other adults were too seasick to go below. They would become incapacitated with sickness if they went below. ...
Along the same lines, my partner suffers from mal de mer. She’s copes incredibly well, but when things get bumpy she has a hard time functioning down below. She’s never missed a watch, but it means I end up taking over most galley tasks, and other down-below duties.

Since we’re a two-person crew, this means we have to protect her from getting too seasick, and we have to protect me from trying to do too much and missing too much sack time.

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I was told that for safety offshore you need 45.

I would recommend 12 gauge, not .45. It is easier to hit what you are aiming for.

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Along the same lines, my partner suffers from mal de mer. She’s copes incredibly well, but when things get bumpy she has a hard time functioning down below. She’s never missed a watch, but it means I end up taking over most galley tasks, and other down-below duties.

Since we’re a two-person crew, this means we have to protect her from getting too seasick, and we have to protect me from trying to do too much and missing too much sack time.
Mike, on a longer trip does this pass, for her, after a few days or does the seasickness continue throughout the voyage?
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Mike, on a longer trip does this pass, for her, after a few days or does the seasickness continue throughout the voyage?
She tells me it persists, but she seems to manage it increasingly well the longer we’re on board. Interestingly, when things get really snarly she tells me she no longer feels the seasickness, so that’s good.

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I'm sure these are all true (maybe less so for the oven explosion), but they are all a factor of occurrence too. One is going to drag anchor more often than hit an offshore survival storm, because one anchors 1000x more than one makes an offshore passage.
My point was for the average cruiser complacency with these everyday situations is a bigger real danger than the perfect storm.

The Oven exploding? Faulty gas installations on yachts have resulted in two fatalities here locally that I know of.

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when things get really snarly she tells me she no longer feels the seasickness, so that’s good.
That warm fuzzy feeling when fear over rides seasickness

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