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Nothing nefarious, just a couple of bumbling fools.
In fairness, only one of these 2 women claimed to be a sailor. The other openly admitted to knowing nothing and having no experience. If foolish, her folly consisted in misplaced trust, not in overestimating her sailing skills.

I'll also note that on the rescue video, the non-sailor is the one who is overjoyed about the rescue, and the one who says almost nothing about the voyage. She also seems much younger, and they've stated that their pre-voyage acquaintance was brief. For these reasons, I had independently begun to wonder about the same point that Minnesail raises:
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It's possible it's a semi-kidnapping
The money-making scam angle has never made sense to me--the whole enterprise would have been too expensive and the payoff too low.
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Re: 5000 Miles off course

Another possible explanation, that has the advantage of simplicity, is that the "sailor", Appel, is manic, and that, while on the "up" side, pre-voyage, her energy, enthusiasm and charm were contagious. Her demeanor, and her exaggerations, on the first rescue interview would fit...

Maybe the problem was that she wasn't taking a drug that she needed--lithium--instead of being in the grip of "recreational" drugs as others have speculated...
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The bi-polar thing is more than possible. People can be very charming and convincing when they're in the manic stage. Might also explain why there was six months of food on board, she got manic and packed in a crazy amount of food.

Then Jennifer got paranoid and didn't want to come back, so she sabotaged every chance at rescue or landfall? Who knows. Wild speculation.
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If one provisioned for two people for "a year", plus the two dogs, would the boat in question had sufficient space to stow all this? Haven't prepared for long voyages, but it seems like a year's food supply would take up an awful amount of stowage space. My dog goes through a 60-lb sack of food each month; 24 bags for the two dogs for a year would require all the Vberth on this 45' Morgan.

Also, like others, wondering how you would add 6 tons of fiberglass. Where would you put this? I think it was for strengthening, so would additional bulkheads be built? Or, was that all in the keel?

Just don't get it.
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I've not come across any interview or comments from anyone in Hawaii who was familiar with the blonde boat owner or the boat. Especially the "experienced" sailors who told her to pack more food than needed.
Got to be someone at a marina bar who has some stories to tell.

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I've not come across any interview or comments from anyone in Hawaii who was familiar with the blonde boat owner or the boat. Especially the "experienced" sailors who told her to pack more food than needed.
Got to be someone at a marina bar who has some stories to tell.
There's someone on Sailing Anarchy who claims to know people at her marina that have stories that would tend to support the bi-polar hypothesis. Of course that's secondhand info (thirdhand, now that you're hearing it from me).
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Appel claims they didn't activate the EPIRB because it requires aircraft to relay the signal and they weren't near any flight paths:

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The pair said they had six ways to communicate, ranging from VHF radio to a satellite phone, but all failed. Phil Johnson, a retired Coast Guard officer who was responsible for search and rescue operations, said he had never heard of all communication devices failing.

The women carried an emergency beacon, which uses satellites to send a location to authorities in minutes.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Appel said the beacons only work if airplanes are flying overhead, and the pilots would relay the information to the Coast Guard. She said she didn't activate it because they were not under a known flight path.

"The system does not rely in any way on aircraft to pick up their signal and relay their information," Johnson said Tuesday by phone from Washington state. "It's all done by satellite."

He said Appel's comments made him think she didn't how the beacon works.

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BOATING PLAN

Mariners are encouraged to file their planned routes with friends or relatives in case of problems. The documents include specifics about the trip, and when and where the boat will arrive. It's similar to filing a backcountry hiking plan in case you get lost. Appel told reporters she left a plan with her mother in Houston, and with friends in Honolulu.

Coast Guard officials met with Appel and Fuiava in Japan this week and learned no plan was filed. Fuiava also said she had informed family of their route and that relatives had reported the pair missing with calls from California, American Samoa and Alaska. The Coast Guard has no records of those calls.

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CALLS TO COAST GUARD

Appel's mother, Joyce, told the AP that she called the Coast Guard in Hawaii about 10 days after the voyage started when she hadn't heard from her daughter.

The agency said it was contacted May 19 by a male friend of the family, reporting the pair overdue into Tahiti. It calculated the normal course and speed for a sailboat and told the caller they would probably not arrive until mid-June.
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What do you think?

This follow up article by GCaptain includes a video with a softball interview by Matt Lauer

I am not a great judge of character, but to me it seems like they are lying.

WATCH: 'Lost at Sea' Sailors Attempt to Clear the Air on Sea Story ? gCaptain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=_3a4-PnRiio
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This follow up article by GCaptain includes a video with a softball interview by Matt Lauer

I am not a great judge of character, but to me it seems like they are lying.

WATCH: 'Lost at Sea' Sailors Attempt to Clear the Air on Sea Story ? gCaptain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=_3a4-PnRiio
At the very least she's working on getting those product endorsements lined up.

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