Thank God they rescued him. Very sad about his boat and plans.
I own a Kenner Privateer 26. I know he designed a 35. I thought they said his is a 44 designed by Maurice Griffiths, but it didn't say the design is a Privateer...can anyone shed some light on this? The lines look Privateer. Both can be sloop or ketch.
I would really like to know what happened since I have one also... although my mizzen is only big enough to keep good balance and assist in steering, I believe it can still catch a beam wave and hold it until you roll. How deep was he reefed? Did they say what his masts were wearing? I can't tell very well from the pictures...anybody see a storm sail? Both sticks were demasted? Gotta be wave impact or rollover doesn't it?
Anybody think that a sea anchor might have been a better choice to point her up with all that sea room instead of a drogue to maintain way? I'm not being critical and believe that his decision was right to him...I just don't know about these actual occurrences and have zero knots experience in using either device and would like to hear opinions to compare to written word. This horrible incident strikes a nerve for us since we have just posted a question regarding weather windows and bam...here it is. Every sailors nightmare come true.
We are so glad that Father Time intervened and decided to interfere with Mother Natures plans long enough for a rescue. We sincerely hope that he can overcome any psychological, physical and financial bruising and keep one eye on the horizon while he keeps the other eye on his projected schedule to set sail.[^]