Members' Online Book: Better Offshore Motorboats, Chapter 11 of 11

Get-Home Backup For Offshore Motorboats—Part 3, The Winner

In Part 1 of this chapter I concluded that yes, we really do need a get-home option for an offshore motorboat, and in Part 2 I took a deep dive into the benefits and disadvantages of each option.

Now I’m going to stick my neck way, way out and pick a winner.

Not Confirmation Bias

But first, one interesting thing in all of this is that if you had asked me to pick my preferred get-home two years ago, before I put all this time and analysis into this decision, the solution that is my winner today would have been at the bottom of my list then—once again reminds me of the importance of making these decisions using research and thoughtful analysis, not gut feel or crowd “wisdom”.

Enough said. Can I have the envelope please…cue the thumping bass music…

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Meet the Author

John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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