Dear friends, if any of you are ever tempted to sail in one of these monstrosities, get yourself a decent bottle, do a bit of thinking and then tell yourself that the Kruger Park is not a bad idea at all. Far better than to board such a craft that could drown thousands of passengers even between Cape Town and Robben Island. How these vessels are given sea-worthy certificates is a total mystery for me because no amount of mechanical power applied to the propellers can overcome the tremendous wind resistance that this block of flats would present in a moderate gale. You wouldn’t even need a skipper who has his sextant dangling between his legs, a five minute powercut would have this vessel on her side without a hope of striking a single lifeboat.

From now on I promise to keep my mouth shut but I did have to show you this.


2 Responses to Sail at your Peril

  1. Johann Mendelsöhn says:

    You are quite right Nic! These things are about as safe as those “houseboats” on the
    Kavango river, safer upside down than the right way round!

  2. Jacko says:

    Always had a suspicion about these things and never showed any interest in being trapped in one of those with thousands of other people in a relatively confined space. The Oceanos confirmed my suspicions. After the latest fiasco you won’t get me on one of those for all the money in the world.

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