Solo Boating Offshore - My $0.02 FWIW

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  1. geofish

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    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/loc...ing-From-Hull-of-Capsized-Boat-563111331.html



    In one month we have had 4 private sized(style) boats that have sunk. Three Capsized and one demolished (sunk) in a cave.....

    4 private sized boats and one of them was the US Navy and Seals to boot. Now if that doesn't tell you, it could happen to anyone, I don't know what will?

    That's Gods way of warning us without a fatality! And Thank God for the Skipper on the Sportie....

    I used to think I was Superman and immortal but I was never as Super or Immortal nor should ever be used in the same sentence as those Studs!

    I know I'm not Immortal or ever was Super.....

    There are worse words I could say about my past Skippering decisions......

    Let's just summarize and say I was LUCKY!

    You may disagree. You may be better, more Super or more Lucky than me (I doubt it).

    If this changes one mind about solo fishing and saves one life or more. Then it’s worth it.

    I didn’t write this to debate why you think I am wrong or why you think you can justify your solo boating. So please write your own thread and honk your horn. Respectfully, I don’t mean to infringe on your Constitutional Rights but....

    The intent is to reflect and recognize how dangerous it can be outside the Jetties.
     
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    Good on you, man..
     
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    The amount of things that can go wrong out there without a partner is not funny.. ...
     
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    I agree 100%. Geo suggested this possibility on another thread and got railed on by several members. Even accused of "not letting someone live their life". This statement was counter-intuitive in that Geo was actually offering advice to promote life. So I agree with him 100%. Navy SEAL's are survival experts. So if it can happen to them, it's just as likely (or perhaps even more likely) to happen to Civilian Joe.
     
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  5. OPERATOR SPECTRE

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    He never said they can't do it. That's their right. Just up to them if it's worth the fairly high risk.
     
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    Hmm, I have some friends that aren't the sharpest tool in the box sometimes, and it might actually be safer to go offshore by myself than with some of them onboard.

    Confidence in your vessel and seafaring skills go a long way in these situations.
     
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    Werf, kayak vis-a-vis boat: safer or not?
     
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    yea that **** was wild. lol georgieee,
    u must be bored tho, huh. Won't ride out solo, so instead posting of others not to ride solo. i dig it. but dont worry lone_wolf bout to quit his job. and he be weekday ready soon. rofl

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    Yaks have advantages boats do not.. And disadvantages.. I would say on the overall, Yaks are safer, particularly from the points on ship fires and static collisions. Getting washed onto a boiler, the end of a jetty, running into a floating phone pole or losing propulsion (IE dropping your paddle overboard or getting tired), even taking on water is a set of MUCH less serious problems on a yak than a boat.. not that I judge those scenarios as no big deal, just far less likely to be life threatening from the yak. The time when the boat is far safer is in non static collisions, IE when a boat is running you over. That said, I have jumped over the side of the yak and swam for the bottom a couple times..
     
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    I agree with what you said here but I once took on water off pacific beach in my yak. Lucky I noticed it and was able to paddle to shore. I couldn’t have gone much further. I was just about half way full of water and was very unstable and slow. I was sinking. I always carry a hand bilge pump and it came in handy that day. Only time ever needing in on the water.
     
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    Was that from a leak?
     
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    Yes. The 1st ocean kayak Prowler model had a 6” round access between my thighs and it was low in the yak and would suck water in while moving my butt around if it wasn’t all the way tight. I ended up raising it by 1” with a Acrylic donut I made. Still working today after 10-15 years maybe 20???
     
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    Did any of these four boats have only one person on board?
     
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    It depends how you look at it but that could potentially strengthen his point....
     
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    I mean if they had more than one person on board that was obviously the reason for the accident, if there was only one person then it would have been fine...
     
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    This is a valid point especially if you have a smaller boat. If you go offshore and bring someone else — that could absolutely change your vessel’s balance and how it handles in rough water and make things much more dangerous. Weight distribution and balance goes a long way on smaller boats.
     
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