I usually have more than enough to do trying to keep up with all that happens on board Vega. But, in this case I feel so strongly about the subject that I would like to share this excellent video with all of you. I actually witnessed a trimaran explode in the anchorage off the Plage D’ Anne in Dakar, Senegal a few years ago. Ask me? This should be required viewing for everyone thinking about buying a new yacht or putting to sea with a gas cooker. When you are watching this remember that all the gas cookers and other gas equipment are made as cheaply as possible – usually in China or another outsourcing supplier – to be sold as expensively as possible. That means the lowest bidder gets the contract. The people selling yacht equipment rarely go to sea and if they do it is usually for short week-end jaunts in good weather. Have a look at this video it will be well worth your time. Remember: You cannot buy seamanship that is something you must learn and should practice every day of your life afloat.
Full credit to the great work done by Yachting Monthly for staging this real life test and then filming it so carefully for us all to benefit from and for that very interesting blog spot “Bone in its teeth” where I first discovered this film.