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post #36 of Old 08-16-2013
SailRacer
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Re: Limits of Captains authority

I remember a day when I was about 16 and working on a charter fishing boat with a group of about 45 mostly men from Phily. There was a pool involved regarding the biggest fish (about 100$) . Majority of them were drinking hard as it was a Friday night..

Well, the fishing was great and we had multiple on at one time, lines tangled, curses flying and then one guy pulls a knife and starts threatening me and or anyone else not to cut his line in order to deal with multiple tangles.

I pull out a gaff, warn the person to cease. that failing, I stick it in the guys shoulder and drag him to the upper deck where the Capt was able to zip tie the guys hands behind him and warn him not to move until we get to the dock.

Cops meet us at the dock and the guy spends at least 24 hrs in pokey and was charged (not exactly sure of the charge but it turned out we had the authority to do what we thought reasonable to ensure the safety of the other passengers).

Lessons learned:
Do not drink too much on a party boat and threaten anyone
Get your tetanus shot at regular intervals..
Sail safe!
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