The story of All Is Lost begins with Our Man's boat getting hit by an abandoned shipping container, which breaches the boat's hull and thus sets in motion his quest for survival and ultimately the sinking of his boat. In retrospect though, the real devastating event is the storm he runs into, during which he makes one or the other roll with his boat, which thus gets unmaveurable and breached even more, filling with water yet again, which isn't helped by him getting knocked out for some time.
But even more than that, during the first few days of the story he even manages to successfully repair the breach from the shipping container as well as get rid of the flown-in water. It is only after he has repaired the boat into a fully functional form that he gets into the storm and throughout the entire storm and its aftermath the initial hull breach stays fixed. It thus made me wonder, how detrimental that initial collision with the container, that is supposed to set the story in motion, even was and if it actually had any influence on the further story after it was repaired.
Now of course, speculating what could have been if this or that didn't happen is of not much constructive use and I am not asking if any of the events in the movie could have happened in a different way (which they of course always could but never do). What I am looking for is an explanation or reasonable deduction what influence that initial collision and its aftermath had on the continuation of the story and the ultimate sinking of the boat in the specific way the story panned out in the movie. Or could it really be seen as just an independent incident as part of an "unlucky week", in contrast to the first mosaic stone in a chain of unfortunate events that is so commonly suggested?