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post #61 of Old 11-16-2013
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Re: sailboat and ferry collide!

Haven't read all the posts but did the report. Some observations:
The USCG investigation is not out and that will address culpability and the Capt/Mate licenses.
After the ferry turned into the channel they had 1,000 yd of clear visibility to the Fischer 27 and another boat under sail.
The Capt was well aware of what boats were out there and what they were doing.
The ferry choose to thread the needle between the sailboats at 18 kts.
There was no bridge to bridge with the boat stating that intention.
The Capt. gave a vague order to the helmsman without watching how that would be carried out.
The investigation report has sections redacted how is that justified?
Captains have to be totally responsible for the ship:
“Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you... If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.”

― Hyman G. Rickover

Walt Elliott
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