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A fair point.Would that be classed as a legitimate use? Unless he'd run out of drinking water or no food for days I'd say not really. A handheld VHF though for sure
the rescuers said he lives aboard thoughA fair point.
Even with no wind there are ways to modify drift like using a drogue or sea anchor on one of the tides, but it assumes that you carry one or have sufficient warps to dangle. It sounds like the guy was only equipped for coastal day sailing.
I wonder if he really lives aboard, might be a blag. Most who do have an address they use ashore, parents or relatives, for driving licence etc and are not registered for council tax in a marina unless thats changed more recently. So wouldn't be simple to prove they don't live aboard.Just perhaps he could not make his mind up about the Covid regs, it took him 3 days to becide upon a course of action that he thought was legal enough to chance it ?
Yeah the more I think about it it can't be right, with sails up, off Dover he would have been visible from both sides the whole time.Something isn't right.
Its the most respectable way to be homeless. I lived aboard for a few years when I was single, the first year in a 26ft yacht, whenever I told someone I lived on a boat they'd invariably be positive and get dreamy eyed and I assumed they were picturing a gin palace. If i'd have said I lived in a potentially much more comfortable van they would have turned their nose up and thought I was a tramp.