Andrew Boddy, Parksville, BC CAN asks:
Hi Mary & Scott: Great work on keeping the adventure front page.
My small question concerns Flotsam & Jetsam . In BC at certain times of
year and tides, you have to be so careful of what you can come into
contact with out there.
Have you had any close calls.
Is it one of your bad dreams . Does the night watch give you greater
worries about this ?.
Do you stay out as far as you can coastal cruising to reduce this risk?
Have you found some areas of the world better than others?
Congratulations again on your adventures. You show how we need to
appreciate what special unique things we can find if we go looking (and
can still be safe doing it, through proper planning).
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Andrew, in terms of natural flotsam BC is as bad as it gets with the logs
and so forth. That is why few recreational cruisers travel at night in BC.
Traveling at night what we are reduced to is watching radar. We take our
chances as do virtually all long distance cruisers., power or sail. During
the day we keep watch but quite honestly it is perhaps 50/50 just a radar
watch unless we have seen debris n the water. The Nordhavn entry (bow) is
quite narrow and will shed most anything. Also, in worst case, if you do
hit something you are well protected. Nordhavn hulls are built in two piece
molds. When the two halves are married the overlapping glass and resin is
very, very thick making every Nordhavn centerline and bottom of the keel
extremely durable and able to withstand impact. In all of Egret's miles we
have never hit anything however we have seen things we would rather not hit.
In Egret's cruising we have had just a few areas of obstacles. One, off the
US mid-Atlantic coast there were long line buoys at night. On the Nordhavn
Atlantic Rally, Autumn Wind (62 Nord) picked up a large wad of fisherman's
cast off ropes and netting. They ran under wing until morning when enough
of the debris was cut away to proceed. The Med we found debris free. The
Atlantic crossing to Brazil and further south was without a single piece of
debris (that we saw) other than giant wads of kelp.
Bottom line. Once you are cruising all of the 'what ifs' go away. You fall
into your routine and your lookout for debris and so forth become natural
and not an issue. Sea miles are the answer. You'll see.