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Mark Howe
Username: unclemark

Post Number: 708
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 - 03:52 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Redford Lost Redford.
He's asleep and water is coming in after a loud bang. He wakes up like a drunken sailor, dazed and confused and sees water coming in thru' a hole over the chart table and sloshing on the floor.
Priorities should have been -- Slow the water coming in;
be certain the access point for the water coming in has been found.
Heel the boat away to keep the hole above the waterline.
Activate radio communication. Start pumping.
Pulling the container away using the sea anchor makes sense, but why not pull the boat away using the same concept, or use the wind if opposing.
If the wind was pinning him against the container, the sea anchor would pull his boat away, or conversely if it was the current.
Why crash into the container a second time to retract the sea anchor, just sail the boat into the rope and cut it loose.

NOW -- once he is free of the container:
Stay on starboard tack to make repairs -- brilliantly done (more cloth and resin)
Patch -- did it hold? Later there were shots of leakage but couldn't tell if it was the patch.
The Storm -- he goes up the mast and finds the radio coAxial disconnected -- pretty unlikely. And at the same time sees a squall approaching fast. He goes down the mast and starts doing inane things like putting on foulies instead of getting rid of the Genoa and full main. Some other things, maybe shaving, don't recall.
After the storm intensifies he decides to reduce sail -- Genoa goes overboard with him, miraculously he gets back aboard WITH THE GENOA and gets the storm jib up. No apparent use of a safety harness, pfd etc. It looks like he just hangs onto the genoa, but a photo online shows a harness tether attached to an upper lifeline, an equally incorrect move. That entire sequence would have taken more than an hour IF HE SURVIVED and the movie made it look like a few minutes.
Boat rolls -- good, pretty realistic sort of, needed more of a BIG WAVE sensation.
Mast came down; he cuts it loose with one tiny wire cut.

Common issues:
Every time he comes topside he removes all the boards; leave at least one, maybe 2.
Every time there is water in the boat the last thing he does is pump. [Why did he have to make a pump handle out of a broomstick?!?]
Considering all the $$ obviously invested in his beautiful brand-spankin'-new boat, he would have had an EPIRB of the very best sort!

If when he came to after the collision he started pumping, the batteries would not have drowned.
[Never install all the batteries in the bilge]
If he had kept on starboard tack less water would be in the boat.
If after the storm with him in a lifeboat (tied to the yacht which was good) he had pumped instead of playing games with the supplies, the yacht would have floated. Remember, there was no hole below the waterline.
Why did he spit out his jug water and then dump it? Just because it had a little salt in it.?
"This is the Virginia Jean with an SOS call, over"; if he wanted to get attention, why not "mayday" 3Xs like everybody else?

New ideas -- shoot the flare at the bridge of the passing ship.
Cinematography of a lifeboat adrift -- start with a close-up of a rubber hull with mossy algae growing, then grassy with little fish nibbling on the mossy grass, then bigger fish, then sharks.
Missing turtles.!
Missing capture of rain water -- solar still was good.

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