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Author Topic: Ladies lost at sea for 5 months  (Read 3959 times)
W1JKA
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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2017, 03:10:50 AM »

I'll repeat what I posted on another site the day it made the news. Photo of their rescued boat tells all, hull not breached (riding high) with only slight starboard list from un pumped bilge, mainmast still standing with furled sail on attached boom, whisker pole still secured says they had no idea how to jury rig a get home sail,  wire backstay and other wire mast stays still standing means they had no idea how to rig an emergency radio antenna, probably not even a basic NOAA current chart on board or no knowledge of how to make a drift log from life jacket and piece of cloth so with a pencil and wrist watch could make DR position plots from set and drift rate with or without a jury rigged sail. Both looked in fine physical condition and in hi spirits for such an ORDEAL. Obviously two Sunday sailors without a month's worth of Sundays experience between them.
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KK6AUI
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« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2017, 08:07:38 AM »

Ships within visual range, the vhf radio should have been able to contact them. Deliberately get lost in hopes of a book/movie deal later?
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WR3V
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« Reply #32 on: November 11, 2017, 07:38:41 AM »

From apnews dot com:

"They also had a new VHF radio, a ham radio, a weather satellite and a radio telephone. She says none worked, and they apparently had a communications failure with their new antenna."

Wonder if either one of them had a ham license?

Wonder if they even knew how to open the boxes that equipment came in...

They obviously never watched the "How to open the box that my new radio came in" blogs for their gear.  See, I knew these blogs had some value.  Not.
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