100 DAYS AT SEA IN A JUNK-RIGGED SAILBOAT WITHOUT AN ENGINE OR ELECTRONICS

Kris Larsen spent 104 days at sea in his junk-rigged sailbaot blown off course without an engine or any electronics. Mr. Larsen used celestial navigation forsaking GPS, EPIRBS, and even a toilet on his minimalist sailboat as he sailed around the world.

His wife, Nat Uhing, wrote in her blog that his boat lacked basic electrical gear and an engine. She wrote:

“…since he built his steel Chinese-junk-rigged sailboat and started sailing around without the usual engine, GPS, EPIRB, digital charts, radio, solar panels, water-maker, or toilet.”

Mr. Larsen and his wife dispute that this was a sailboat rescue. He only asked for a tow into Maui because there was no wind.

Photos in Haiti in 2016 by Raymond Bideaux were reproduced with permission.

Public domain photos and videos from the USCG.

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USCGC Galveston Island and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui patrol offshore Maui in support of Operation Kohola Guardian Feb. 14, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa E. McKenzie/Released)

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Maui-resident Kai Lenny, seven time stand up paddle board champion and all around professional waterman, joins Coast Guard to promote water safety from sunny Honolulu, Hawaii. Lenny addresses the viability and ease of lifejacket use and personal locator beacons. Run time 30 sec. (U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy Jace Panebianco/Released)

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The Coast Guard working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Land and Natural Resources in support of Operation Kohola Guardian Feb. 14, 2017. Crews aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349) and a 45-foot response boat medium from Station Maui patrolled the Maui Triangle in an effort to protect the migrating humpback whale population, educate the public and deter illegal activity. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur/Released)
Coast Guard, good Samaritan assist disoriented Australian mariner off Maui [Image 1 of 3]

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The Coast Guard, and a good Samaritan assisted a 62-year old Australian mariner in his homemade sailing vessel three and a half miles west of the Kihei Boat Ramp, Maui, Dec. 31, 2017. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Maui safely towed the 30-foot sailing vessel Kehaar Darwin to Sugar Beach, Maui. (U.S. Coast Guard video/Released)

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