ADVICE FROM THE CREW OF ARGO THAT CAN HELP MAKE ANY VOYAGE A SUCCESS.
There’s an old saying: “Calm seas don’t make a good sailor.” Well, I probably have to buy that now. To prepare for anything that comes your way, my advice would be to make sure your boat is sound. The rule on Argo is the boat comes first. That’s our safety. And then obviously the crew comes second, but you need to keep the boat together more than anything else. Down in Patagonia the weather is a real big issue and you really need to keep an eye on it. —PaulHawran
There were times the satellite went out; there were times the engine went out; there were times the computers went out. I always remind people to take paper charts. A lot of people get spoiled with their computers, and Paul has got redundancies on every possible system, but without a paper chart and a good map and a channel 16 phone, a trip like this would be impossible. —AndyUlitsky
When things turn bad, they turn bad quick and you have to be prepared. You almost have to cruise in a preparatory mode, so to speak. You’re always anticipating something is going to go wrong, and you have that next anchorage ready in case something comes up. As we would cruise, Paul would be looking ahead 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, always in search of a possible anchorage if we needed it. It’s a very rugged piece of the world. —JeffDruek