On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:06:35 -0600, the infamous Swingman
There are far fewer distractions. No friends in the seats around you,
no other vehicles, no trees, no boys walking by (for her), no need to
stay behind the wheel.
I'd still love to see the stats if anyone can dig 'em up.
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making
of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
That is all you have to do??? Just make sure the jack lines are secured and
your harness line is attached?
That simple statement will cover every possibly thing that could or has ever
happed gone wrong while in high seas?
That sound a bit naive doesn't it?
===============================Actually it is about as basic as remembering to tie your shoes and
making sure your pants are pulled up.
If you don't remain secured to the boat, you probably won't have a
chance to do anything else.
I don't believe the risks are so much the problem here as are how to get out
of a problem should you get into one.
Walk home, get mugged, get hit by a car, you have a reasonably good chance
of being seen and taken to a hospital should you survive...
Sail around the world, sink your boat in the middle of nowhere and then
Risk is not so much the problem as is correcting the damage should a problem
What you need to understand is that you can't protect your kids from
everthing forever. A time comes when you have to let them start taking
chances. You don't seem to think that 16 is old enough. The Sunderlands,
who know a mighty shitload more about teenaged circumnavigation than you are
ever going to know, disagree with you.
===========================You may have quite a wait in parts of the South Pacific where if you
are lucky, you may get a scheduled air line fly over once a day, and
sattelite coverage is spotty.
Prudent seamanship beats technology every time out of the box.
What is your point? All the seamanship in the world doesn't help if today
is the day that the sea has decided to kill your ship. And there is no ship
that the sea cannot kill when it is in the mood. And it doesn't matter if
you have a sixteen year old girl at the helm or a 40 year veteran Navy
The SARSAT satellites are in polar orbit--their coverage is not "spotty".
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