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Pacific Seafarer's Net assist in rescue of S/Y Nirvana Now

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Pacific Seafarer's Net assist in rescue of S/Y Nirvana Now

by Brian D » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:02 pm

In the event that this was not covered on SSCA. If so, my apologies.

The S/Y Nirvana Now yacht sank in heavy seas in the South Pacific. The Pacific Seafarers Net on 14300 KHz assisted in the rescue of the crew of the S/Y Nirvana Now. Kudos the hams on 14300 KHz.

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Re: Pacific Seafarer's Net assist in rescue of S/Y Nirvana N

by svtrio » Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:20 pm

Thanks for posting this ... it is a gripping and well-written first-hand account of how a chain of events led to the loss of a beloved boat, and the dramatic rescue of her two crew at sea by fellow cruisers. If you are cruising, or plan to be, this is a priceless read.

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Re: Pacific Seafarer's Net assist in rescue of S/Y Nirvana N

by Louis Riel » Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:10 pm

It appears one big mistake was running the sea anchor from the bow, holding the boat head to the wind, which made the boat back down on her rudder, drastically increasing the damage. Another was choosing a boat far too flimsy for the job. The rudder was a obviously grossly under built, as was the bow. The rescue boat, making the same trip, in the same conditions, had no such problems.
Thankfully , no lives were lost, and the guilty party , the boat, is at the bottom of the ocean!
This is far too common on stock, mass produced plastic boats.
This shows why many of those with a lot of offshore experience, eventually have an overwhelming preference for metal boats . Nothing like this could happen to a well built metal boat.
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