Unfortunately there was a steering issue from the bridge. An electrical issue most likely that couldn't be solved at sea. Hydros were working, but no signal from the bridge.Sorry to hear you guys had to return to the dock. Hope you can get out again; cancelled trips really hurt especially for those who book from out of town.
A couple of years ago I flew to San Diego for a 6 day trip from my home in Colorado Springs. You out of town folks know the drill; plane reservations, lodging, buying shampoo in San Diego, etc. 11 months booked in advance. Anticipation runs rampant as you read Bloody Decks for the third time every day.
About 15 miles south of South Coranado Island....oops, something on the boat goes ' South ' in a huge way. Time to turn around and head back. Huge disappointment, holy crap, I planned on this for a freaking year.
The next day as I winged my way back to COS I had time to reflect on the situation. It occurred to me that the most bummed out person, including everyone, was the captain. No question. He felt he let all his passengers down when it had nothing to do with him, whatsoever. These offshore platforms are very complex and no matter how meticulous maintenance procedures are followed, stuff happens.
The passion and drive that you see in our fabulous long range captains is something to behold. It's just not a job or being good at a trade. It goes beyond that. They take it personal, that's what it takes to be the best.