JFC. There's a ringing endorsement.And then two days of hurricane force winds and high seas break the boat up and all five aboard die.So, you're the skipper of RM and you've been dismasted, suffering damage to the port side of your enclosure, both engines temporarily not available and waves are entering the cabin through the smashed windows. The owner looks at you with a determined look and says, "we are going to save this vessel, and YOU are going to tell us how."
My quick effort (albeit based on scant experience, and from the comfort of my dining room table with cup of tea) is the following.
Assign crew (with owner) to ensure that lifejackets are on and ditch kit available/augmented/documents secured. First mate assesses boat status, while I establish coms and alert authorities of PAN PAN, vessel adrift, and to create contact sched to better inform and make decisions while coms available. Owner's son is to make hot water for tea/coffee/hot meal for thermos while still power and use of stove. First mate whips out brake fluid and cleans up last of hydraulic fluid on deck and a bit in the cabin.
After assembling the crew in the starboard (dry) hull, and with a bit of food and tea, the idea for a sea anchor off the starboard hull is proffered, and thanks to a remembered thread on SA, anchors and settee cushions are used resulting in easier motion, fewer waves entering cabin from port abeam. Rear enclosure fabric, screws from toolkit and a rechargeable drill are used to (?temporarily?) seal port windows.
The longer range problems are now, rescue or salvage? And if a tow, how do you make a strong point for the towing cable? Jury rig or motors? Implications of the weather. How to seal off the port hull, given inability to close the sliding hatch. First mate not pleased by the lack of support for the longeron, either.
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