The whole idea of who should cover costs is an interesting one. Freedom of the sea has never meant that everything is FREE. Anybody that owns a boat knows that. Saving your life once may be covered under the USCG rules. However, their are people that cry wolf when they should not and put others at jeopardy. Natural selection should come in at some point.
If you cruise the CF forum you may be reading about Scooberts planned trip south from NY to Florida. This is a very inexperienced sailor (mostly reading books on sail trim), with a new to him boat that has needed more than lots of work. He and his wife and sister in law (neither of which has any experience but are going to be standing watch while he sleeps) are leaving some time this week. They think it may take up to a week!
Yesterday he commented that he could not understand why the people in the rally are calling for help when it is only blowing 25Kts with 8' seas. He has done that in a 22' powerboat! He followed that with the fact that he knows he will not have any problem because a sister boat to his survived un scathed in 35' breaking waves. What do you think the odds are for this guy in 8' seas. CG please help....my wife is going to kill me
This guy should get the bill if he needs rescuing.