The window was much bigger than 3' X 4'. I thought the nutcases were Australian, not Kiwi.Does this event lead to the conclusion this boat's design is flawed for an off-shore capable catamaran?
• Rig comes down (this is nothing extraordinary, happens regularly, offshore and inshore)
• Crashes onto cabin top, breaks the big picture window, flooding main salon and electrics (this is now a catastrophic failure.
It appears no provision has been made to handle such an event) the window is now a 3'x4' hole to the North Atlantic.
• Starboard engine won't start, port engine does start, crew fails to ensure the prop won't tangle and so prop gets wrapped (this seems an avoidable crew mistake) and port engine is now out of commission (not catastrophic)
• Starboard engine is eventually started but stalls out (seems odd unless there was water being ingested by the intake air)
• Weather forecast is for more bad and possibly worse weather (this is the North Atlantic in mid-winter, nothing unusual here).
• Experienced delivery captain comes to the conclusion to abandon ship (same place and same conclusion as the recent Kiwi nutcases came to)
• Outcome: all crew safely rescued, vessel has not been found and appears a total loss (pretty much a regular occurrence in those waters).
In review: with one catastrophic failure of the main salon window the yacht is ultimately lost. It seems to me Either one of two things is true: the lack of a pre-departure damage control plan for this event is evidence of a lack of planning on the part of its crew or the design of these windows is not suitable for an off-shore vessel.
I'll never be in a position for afford a GB but if I were headed offshore, even in summer, it wouldn't be on this boat as designed.