I saw someone being rescued by the coast guard on thursday. He
told us later that his universal broke. I guess he was lucky to be able
to wave down the Martha's Vineyard ferry who radioed the CG. The CG
(who were out there in a couple of minutes, by the way) on rescuing him
told him, "Mechanical failures are not your fault."
Question: What are the guidelines the CG uses in for their rescues i.e.
can they charge you and if so under what circumstances ?
PS. M***of the story: If you do happen to get rescued by the CG, as a result
of your own stupidity, jettison the cheapest critical component you can find
and yell mechanical failure :-) ! Though it is definitely preferable to sail
conservatively, know your limits, and never let this happen !