All Is Analyzed: A Sailing Movie Learning Workshop

Chapter 3, Major Repair At Sea

In chapter three our skipper is faced with assessing the damage caused by the open-ocean collision and deciding what to do next. He has some resources, did he make the right calls?

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Please note the video intentionally has no sound – we are simply using it to depict a situation for discussion

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Aren’t there some kind of signalling devices required on board? Like flares or smoke or something? I would start “shouting” for help first.
Whatever’s on that laptop must be SUPER important. And hm, I know nothing about fiberglass but I am an artist and have used lots of different media. Marine fiberglass stuff must be unbelievable because will that little bit in the can fix the giant hole? With nothing stuffed in it? OK on to see what others think.


Emergency, fiberglass repair kit onboard! ow I am getting Impresses…. But I would still prefer if he had don on his PFD and sent a distress call / activate his EPRIB, launch a parachute flare just in case another vessel is in the area, & set a visual distress flag etc… just in case things turn to the worst.

Pat Reynolds

To me one of the valuable lessons in this one is to stow a bucket. I’m not familiar with the best way to make repairs of that magnitude at sea – anyone know if what and the way he started was a sensible approach?


I guess it makes sense to try and fix the hole before removing the water… otherwise your efforts would go to waste if water starts coming in again for whatever reason. I would have searched for something to cover the entire hole, like a wood panel, or cabinet door and then used the fiberglass to fix that to the hull. Even covering the hole with some canvas would at least slow the ingress of water. It seems like quite a large hole to try and patch with fiberglass alone and it would take while for it to cure between building… Read more »

Reply to  Rich

Agree with all of your points. Use some type of panel or other scrap as the main body of the patch. Get the water out. Plan to ditch.