SailNet Community - View Single Post - Are You The Operator Underway?
View Single Post
post #17 of Old 07-02-2013
Ajax_MD's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Edgewater/Annapolis
Posts: 4,179
Thanks: 7
Thanked 119 Times in 109 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Send a message via Yahoo to Ajax_MD
Re: Are You The Operator Underway?

Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
BH, Did you helm or navigate your vessels without any related training?
The question is irrelevent. Of course I was trained, however this did not absolve the captain of any responsibility if I made a mistake.

As the master of my vessel, I should be held responsible for its safe operation. If I hand over the tiller to my #1 crew during a race, to take a rest break and he collides with another vessel, I should be held responsible for damages and injuries to that vessel. I may be able to seek some justice through the courts against my #1, but ultimately it was my decision to put him on the helm.

"I wasn't driving" is a bogus excuse and should be reserved for ground-based transport, not the maritime environment. I'm sick of the term "recreational" getting separate rules and treatment.

I've no problem with educational classes and certifications for new people with no vessel ownership or operating experience, but I don't feel that everyone else should be lumped in with those people. I should be able to challenge the test, or present proof of experience to gain the certification.

Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168
Ajax_MD is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome