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    Re: The sinking of the modern day Bounty
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2014 Feb 14, 15:35 -0500

    Hi Gary

    I believe the answer is negative.  The captain tried to run down the coast keeping between the storm and the coast.  That would have put the storm on the port of the Bounty.  The NTSB made explicit mention of the course and stated that he should have run to the east (and thus keeping the storm on the starboard).

    Brad

    On Feb 14, 2014 3:30 PM, "Gary LaPook" <garylapook---.net> wrote:

    Did the captain follow this standard hurricane avoidance advice?

    gl



    From: Sean C <yhshuh---.com>
    To: garylapook---.net
    Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 1:26 AM
    Subject: [NavList] Re: The sinking of the modern day Bounty


    Seems to me the captain of the Bounty could have benefited from the formula:
    arccos([vessel speed]/[storm speed])
    I was just (coincidentally) working through chapter 11 of "100 Problems". Example #11-3 states that we have "a storm building to our north" and "We want to stay well out of its way." Example #11-4 requires a solution to the relative motion problem which will give us maximum distance from the storm.
    And the 2002 ed. of Bowditch has this to say about storm avoidance:
    "The first action to take if the ship is within the cyclonic circulation is to determine the position of his vessel with respect to the storm center. While the vessel can still make considerable way through the water, a course should be selected to take it as far as possible from the center."
    I'm certainly no mariner, but every source I check seems to recommend getting as far away as possible, from any storm, in as little time as possible. I understand the captain's concern for the safety of his vessel while in port during a hurricane. But the moment concern for ones vessel outweighs concern for ones crew, I think a reevaluation of priorities is in order.
    Just my humble opinion.
    -Sean C.
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