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Old 04-08-2014, 06:49 PM  
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Default Any sailors out there?

The last two survival movies
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_...rvival_movies/
I watched were about sailboats that capsized which then had the radios out of commission.

How likely is this? Isn't it foreseeable that an ocean-going two-way radio that may be necessary for survival should be able to resist a dunking?



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Old 04-08-2014, 08:20 PM  
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But then who would have thought you could loose that airplane.



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Old 04-08-2014, 08:38 PM  
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They do make waterproof handheld marine radios but the issue is usually not being in range.

But I guess the movie would be less dramatic if they had proper working safety equipment.

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Because of this "Black Swan" event they will probably double the battery life for the black box.


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But I guess the movie would be less dramatic if they had proper working safety equipment.
Yes and the movies also do this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina
a lot.

God never came out of any machine and saved my butt or the butts of many other people. . .
She was probably too busy elsewhere. . .

And the new James Bond did a stunt that would rip the arms out of normal people. I know this because of the design of fall arrest harnesses.

The more I know the less I like these kinds of films. They get away with violating the laws of physics and of probability several times within a single film (?)

And in The Perfect Storm a sailboat capsized and then righted itself again. I'd think a sail underwater would be more drag than could be overcome by a strong wind on a large smooth keel.
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Actually, a sailboat righting itself is pretty common. The keel is usually made of lead and depending on its size will be quite a few tons. It acts as a counter balance.
You'll also find the the sails will get shredded and have little resistance on the boats ability to righting itself.



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