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Finally got picked up.....
US Navy rescues sailors and their 2 dogs lost at sea for months - ABC News

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Re: 5000 Miles off course

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Appel said they survived for so long at sea thanks to the water purifiers on the sailboat and the year's worth of food they had on board, including oatmeal, pasta and rice.



But no EPIRB?

Questions: why is there a person up the mast in the photo?

Why couldn't they sail to land in all that time?

Why is there a scum line on the unpainted fibreglass... But the antifouling has none and looks new? Jeeeze an I becoming a conspiracy theorist? Lol


They look fine and fit.
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Re: 5000 Miles off course

I am wondering a thing or two myself. If there was power for the water-maker, why didn't they have navigation? And yeah, that growth line is very odd..... No compass either to at least have an idea what direction you were going?
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Strange situation. Losing the engine shouldn't be a big deal on a passage for a sailboat. Horror of horrors, you have to actually sail. They supposedly continued to sail but somehow ended up way west where they could have gotten by just drifting. From the picture of the boat appears they had no headsail or what was the condition of the mainsail. From the fouling half way up the topsides looks like they had spent a lot of time without a steadying sail to stop rolling. Good thing they were so well provisioned.

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Re: 5000 Miles off course

Oh come on now. 5000 miles? I'd just have to attribute that to continental drift. There's no other rational explanation.

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scum line looks like they were heeled over for quite a while.
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That scum line looks like it is there/created from a rope/net/other material slung along the side of the boat.
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Nice choice of t-shirt for a SAR case...

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Re: 5000 Miles off course

Just saw better pic's of the boat. Looks like the headsail is furled with no indication that there was anything wrong with it. Main looks to be gasketed in place but could problems. In the time they were out, could have drifted a couple thousand miles as there is a fairly strong current near the equator. Still, when you are headed south to Tahiti, how do you get so far west?? Did they not have a compass and, obviously, no GPS. Actually shouldn't be so positive about no GPS. Just had a GPS lie to me. It showed me 60 miles east of my actual position after a 24 hour run.

A boat in a rolly anchorage will get scum quite high up the hull. Haven't seen the other side to see if it's also scummy. If it was only one side that's scummy would show that they spent a lot of time on one tack.
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scum line looks like they were heeled over for quite a while.
I agree. We had one when we finished the Pacific. Not that high.

My point was the blue antifouling looks NEW.

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