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Old August 24th, 2011, 04:19 PM
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I have a part time job in the offices of a shipping company, I asked them about which is best in a storm port or out at sea....most DEFINITELY out at sea was the answer..I asked because John Heald was saying on his blog about having to get out of San Juan quickly.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:59 PM
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I have a part time job in the offices of a shipping company, I asked them about which is best in a storm port or out at sea....most DEFINITELY out at sea was the answer..I asked because John Heald was saying on his blog about having to get out of San Juan quickly.
Yes, he is absolutey right. A ship is always best off on open seas (deep water), where there are no obstacles, in a hurricane or some other bad storm. In port, there's too much that can go badly wrong -- anything from a ship breaking her moorings or drifting anchor and ground and rupturing her hull in shoal waters to impact of another ship that has broken her moorings or drifted anchor to wind and waves thrashing the ship into the warf or pier where she is moored to wind catching her "sail area" (profile above the waterline) broadside and capsizing her. On open seas, a ship can turn bow into the seas and the wind and maintain the course and speed that provides the best "seakeeping" to ride out the storm with little danger.

A boat, however, had best get into port in such a storm because there's no way that a boat can ride it out.

Well, unless the "boat" is a submarine, in which case its best course of action is to submerge to a depth of at least a hundred feet, where it will feel absolutely nothing, until the storm passes....

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