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Old 10 March 2009, 19:14   #1
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Free 40' yacht if you can find it

Apparently there is a 40 foot yacht drifting in the Atlantic yours for the taking if you can find it have a look here - http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-...15227363?f=rss

What would you have done in similar circumstances?
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Old 10 March 2009, 22:01   #2
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I read about this a while ago. There have been numerous incidence like this lately. Modern yacht design is to blame in many cases.

I really find it hard to believe that the rudder was so stuck it couldn't be fixed. Even if it had been I am sure I would have found some means of removing the damn thing and rigging a jury one.
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Old 11 March 2009, 03:21   #3
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I really find it hard to believe that the rudder was so stuck it couldn't be fixed. Even if it had been I am sure I would have found some means of removing the damn thing and rigging a jury one.
Yes, Codders, no doubt a man of your expertise and experience would have faired better............
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Old 11 March 2009, 03:49   #4
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I read about this a while ago. There have been numerous incidence like this lately. Modern yacht design is to blame in many cases.

I really find it hard to believe that the rudder was so stuck it couldn't be fixed. Even if it had been I am sure I would have found some means of removing the damn thing and rigging a jury one.
Apparently this particular yacht had a "concealed" rudder and it wasn't possible to repair nor ditch it
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Old 11 March 2009, 06:34   #5
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Surly leaving the yacht bobbing around isn't a particularly safe thing to do....whilst sitting in A & E last year I came across an ancient copy of Sailing Today and read a fascinating article on a couple that were sailing across the Atlantic in some sort of race. They had very similar trouble, and despite numerous repairs they just couldn't get the thing to work. In the end they were rescued by another boat in the race, and were told to sink the yacht so it didn't present a danger to others.
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If you did find it, and could get it back. Would you return it to the owner? I know I would.
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Yes, Codders, no doubt a man of your expertise and experience would have faired better............
More like stubborness it works far better.

The people were in no immediate danger and had plenty of time to come up with something.
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If you did find it, and could get it back. Would you return it to the owner? I know I would.
I take it you are being sarcastic?

I would return their personal effects but that would be it. This would be a clear cut case of salvage.
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Apparently this particular yacht had a "concealed" rudder and it wasn't possible to repair nor ditch it
I agree many modern mass produced boats leave a lot to be desired. I am sure there must have been a way though - even working from the tender.
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Surly leaving the yacht bobbing around isn't a particularly safe thing to do....whilst sitting in A & E last year I came across an ancient copy of Sailing Today and read a fascinating article on a couple that were sailing across the Atlantic in some sort of race. They had very similar trouble, and despite numerous repairs they just couldn't get the thing to work. In the end they were rescued by another boat in the race, and were told to sink the yacht so it didn't present a danger to others.
That was the advice fom our illustrious powerboat trainer Jono Garton, get picked up and sink it
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