The following “State of Tenacious” is a listing of equipment on Tenacious at the time of Jim’s trip to the Farallones. There are also some data on Jim’s sailing practices and phone call Sunday morning.
This was compiled with the help of the US Coast Guard and Jim’s wife, Donna. It has been checked for accuracy. If some items become very critical in the search, they can be confirmed, and perhaps further elaborated. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.
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Standard Safety Equipment
Life Jackets â€“ yes: Standard orange type. The vests are kept down below, in storage, in the aft cabin and in the head area. Jim also has a slim red float vest made by the company who made his foul weather gear (Henri Lloyd). It fits under a matching red foul weather jacket. The red float vest has a navy blue interior, and no neck support. Jim does not wear a vest while sailing inside San Francisco Bay. On the open water, he sometimes wears the Henri Lloyd slim vest, in wind and sea, and/or cold. He bought one inflatable tube-type vest for Christmas a year ago for his wife that is on the boat.Â (38 gram Sentinel self-inflating life vest.)Â This one is water activated, with manual backup. Jim was probably not wearing this inflatable life preserver during his trip.
Tether: yes â€“ (see “Sailing Practices”)
Flares – yes
Flashlight â€“ yes
Spotlight – yes
Dye Marker â€“ maybe (there was a safety kit of some type on board)
Mirror â€“ maybe (can be used for signaling).
Smoke Marker – maybe
Auxiliary Generator – no
Radar Reflector – yes
Drogue Anchor â€“ yes: This is the type that can be used during a storm to slow the drift of the boat (usually a 9 to 15 foot diameter parachute-type device for a 40 foot boat).
Anchors and Anchor Line â€“ yes: Two anchors, 200 feet of chain, lots of line.
Life raft – no
Dinghy â€“ yes: Deflated Avon dinghy stowed in starboard deep lazarette in the cockpit.
Fire Extinguishers – yes, as required by law. One in the forward v-berth, one by the companionway stair down into the cabin near the stove, and a third one in the aft cabin or stern area near the engine.
Life Ringâ€“ yes: Horseshoe type, usually clipped in a holder on the aft rail. Holder or the stand it sits in is incredibly tight and is very hard to get it out even unclipped.Â May have also had a Lifesling.Â This is a life ring type device on a 150 foot line, tied to the boat.
EPRIB â€“ yes: Purchased at West Marine some years ago. It is small, self-deploying, self-activating, and not mounted outside. It is stored (not mounted) at the companionway stairs (in an open pocket). Brand and model are not known at this time. Is thought to be suitable for blue water use. It may not have been registered with the Coast Guard. The state of the batteries in the EPIRB is not known.
Radar â€“ yes: Raymarine SL-72 display, purchased in 2000.
Fathometer â€“ yes.
Knot Log (speedometer) â€“ yes.
GPS – yes (several): One is a Garmin 48, purchased in 2000.
Chartplotter â€“ yes: One of the GPSs has a chartplotter.
PC for Navigation â€“ yes, but it was left at home.
CD/stereo radio â€“ yes.
VHF radio â€“ yes: VHF is the fixed mount type powered by the boat’s 12 Volt system. The antenna location for this radio is on the masthead.
Handheld VHF â€“ yes: Standard Horizon HX-350s handheld VHF (submersible to 3 feet
for 30 minutes), purchased in 2000.
HF (single sideband) radio – probably not.
AIS Receiver â€“ no (for tracking large ships on a PC or chart plotter).
Electronic Autopilot â€“ yes: Autohelm that works off the boat’s house batteries.
Boat Batteries: Four 12 Volt batteries in two banks of two each. Normally used only one bank at a time. Controlled by a “1 â€“ 2 â€“ Both” type battery switch.
12 Volt charger for cell phone: Charge for cell phone and wireless device chargers may have been with him.
Cell phone antenna amplifier and external antenna â€“ no
Water: for more than two weeks: probably 40 gallons.
Food: approximately one week.
Objects that might float: Boat hook is hollow aluminum and will sink. Man overboard pole is secured with velcro/canvas in two spots, with a weight on the end, unlikely to break free or slip off. There are cockpit cushions, but Jim would not have put the cockpit cushions in the cockpit, and they were probably left down below, as he is single handing. Cushions in the cabin would float if they were not trapped inside the cabin.
Normally Jim does not wear a tether in the Bay when sailing alone unless conditions are bad. In open sea sailing single handed, he does wear a tether. At the Sunday 10:30 AM phone conversation, his wife asked him if he was tethered in and he said “yes,” and he promised to stay tethered in the rest of the trip. But, he would have disconnected the tether if he needed to go below to use the head, or for other reasons. He might have untethered every few hours.
To be safe, Jim would generally keep to the edge of the main ship channel, or just outside the channel while outside of the Golden Gate Bridge. On Sunday (on the way out), he called to say he was at [or past?] the last channel marker, at 15 miles out.