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“Call My Insurance Agent, Then Abandon Ship!”

Fatty raced as tactician aboard Joe Colpitt’s 56-foot Gold Coast catamaran, Virgin Fire, many times and had the honor of finishing in first place twice in the highly competitive multihull class of the Heineken Regatta of Sint Maarten.

Within the last year, two nearly identical “multihull SAR incidents” have taken place in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern seaboard of the United States: two brand-new, fully insured, professionally-skippered luxury catamarans were abandoned offshore with dry bilges during winter …

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What’s in Your Grab Bag?

Grab bags you hope you will never need. Photo by Rosie Burr

The idea of abandoning ship at sea is not an appealing one. But if the unthinkable happens then it pays to have a well thought-out grab bag. As the name suggests, a grab bag is a selection of crucial items readily …

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