These modern day pirates are after big settlements from insurance
I suppose that if the opportunity presented itself, they might hold
her for ransom, but they want container ships and tankers.
Actually, a British couple, experienced sailors, deep into their 50s,
who basically sold the house and bought a boat to go cruising, are
being held for ransom right now in Somalia.
The pirates are demanding $500K, the couple doesn't have it.
They chose to sail off the coast of Somalia and paid the price.
Poor decisions are not limited to the young.
And winches, stays, tangs, screws, bolts...all manner of things. Bodies
too: cuts, scrapes, concussions, broken bones...
Anyone who has ever sailed a boat knows - or had exceptional luck - that
systems *DO* fail, storms or not. The wonder is that they do as well as
Calling them "systems" doesn't make them any less ropes. As for their
failing, anybody who can tie a knot can fix them. If it was really so
complicated as to be beyond the abilities of a sixteen year old, how would
being an "adult" however you define it make a difference?
You can find an way to remedy for most anything... That is what a sailor
In rough seas you slip and fall, break both arms.... now what? Not a far
reach of what could happen.
A 16 year old's knowledge of the potential dangers is not as developed as
one with longer life experiences.
She should at least be old enough to have a decent understanding of how her
life would change should any harm come to her.
Yeah, just watch as a teenage girl goes by, sitting with left leg up on
the car seat, texting with one hand, while doing 70mph, all the while 5'
from the bumper of the car in front of her, then tell me how much
"potential danger" the majority of them understand.
If you drive anywhere other than the grocery store and maintain you
haven't seen this ubiquitous phenomenon with young female drivers, then
+you+ damn sure aren't paying enough attention while driving either ...
I'm on the wrong side of town to be interested in watching young female
drivers while on the way to the store these days.
I don't like the mixed flavors.
More likely to happen in your neighborhood. ;~)
On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:13:48 -0600, the infamous "Leon"
It that happened to anyone, they might die, regardless of gender or
age. Or they might figure out how to open the bags of tuna and eat
them off the floor. YMMV. (There's an idea for stocking your BOB,
True, but knowledge doesn't necessarily mean the older person will
know WTF to do when something strange happens. A crafty young person
might well do better than a sedate old fart.
Tell ya what: You do that with your kid and let these fine folks raise
their own the way they (and she) see fit. Deal? Good. ;)
Your opinion is noted. Their opinion is being acted upon. It's now a
moot point, wot?
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making
of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
Noooo problem, I was simply agreeing that I thought the parents were nuts
for letting a youngster go and do something that few with far more
experienced and knowledgeable have done. Then every one wanted to defend
the childs maturity and knowledge. The child will probably do fine. But if
something happened to my child I would blame myself forever for not being
responsible as a parent. It is only common sense, which seems to be lacking
here, to try to protet your children.
Yeah your child stands a much greater chance of being hurt on land because
they are going to spend 99% of their lives on land but on land help can be
given and you do have to live some where. You have to pick your battles.
Picking one where a child is alone for months on end performing a balancing
act with mother nature would not be a wise one IMHO.
ROF,L. You're the one begging for attention by telling people how horrible
is is that someone who very likely has more offshore experience than you're
ever in your life going to get is doing wrong by going for a sail.
You definitely WILL NOT sail around the world for $60,000.
The toughest part is not the sailing, but getting the sponsors.
Having talked to a couple of people who have done it, sponsorship is
the biggest hurdle.
A buddy of mine circumnavigated in a 27 foot boat. Took him four
years. He wasn't in a big hurry. It wasn't a cheap 4 years, even
though he did it on a tight budget. That's a lot of wear and tear on
the boat, and of course you also have to eat, and pay all sorts of
"fees" anywhere you land. He didn't have any sponsors to speak of. One
factor is that once you circumnavigate, you can make money doing
appearances and lectures. You can also write magazine articles. My
friend is also an artist, and he painted all during the voyage. His
paintings now go for much higher prices than before he
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