Not sure of any currently doing it, but there have been some races specifically designed for this. I think the Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's Clipper race was set up like that, they built all boats to be the same, and you chartered the boats from them to participate.Obviously you can pay someone $X and they will rent you a boat... the question I posed was this a charter business and do charter businesses charter for offshore crossings and races?
Another interesting avenue followed from this article, is how many Beneteau's or similarly constructed keel matrix's have failed and how a light grounding can upset this matrix and then how difficult it is to diagnose the beginning of the failure.Daydreamer41,
Thank you for this link. I have been wondering how they were going to define safe, which of course is a requirement if you are going to prove unsafe.
This article explains how they were playing the two classification organisations to beat inspection requirements.
The case just got a lot more clear for me.
I don't think that is the setup exactly. They run racing seminars or corporate racing retreats either in the Med or the Caribbean, depending on the season. The boat only goes makes the crossing twice a year depending on the season. The paying passengers on the trip home were probably different people from those that raced the boat in the Carib.Can you charter a boat... cross the Atlantic to participate in a race, and then sail it back to UK?
Clipper race is still going strong. You don't charter a boat for this. You buy a berth for one or more legs of the race. The captain is a professional hired by the race organizers and I think there might be a couple of additional pros on board.Not sure of any currently doing it, but there have been some races specifically designed for this. I think the Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's Clipper race was set up like that, they built all boats to be the same, and you chartered the boats from them to participate.
But this situation will certainly make any charter companies think twice. I have also heard that people will charter boats to race locally especially in the Caribbean.
If you read the report and look at the photos, you will see that the bolts pulled through the hull rather than breaking. That seems worse than weird to me.I looked at one the pics of the keel bolt attachment... I saw 8 bolts... My boat has 16.. twice as many. I don't know the weight of the Bene keel but mine is about 6000# more or less so so that's under 400# . bolt.... the Bene ballast is similar so it's bolts were carrying 800# or more.
Contest 36s keel has a 16" x 10' flange integral with the keel which I am sure is very different from the Bene...
The keel bolts came loose or sheared I suspect
That seems weird.
Maybe yes and maybe no... If the keel bolts sheared and the boat went turtle and the bolts were not glass in then the could have just dropped out and fallen to the bottom of the ocean. To pull thru the heads would have to shear off. Possible but unlikely... and the shafts with the keel drop.If you read the report and look at the photos, you will see that the bolts pulled through the hull rather than breaking. That seems worse than weird to me.
This is correct in that all pilots have to obey the FAA regulations and follow the direction of Air Traffic Control. A commercial aircraft not carrying passengers for hire operate on an a vastly different set of rules than when carrying passengers for hire.Airplanes on ferry flights carrying only dead heading crew can't ignore the control tower.