I''ve seen several postings about the MacGregor 26 power/sail boat here on SailNet, and thought I''d post about what happened here (in VT) on July 4th.
After watching the fireworks on a borrowed MacGregor 26, an overloaded boat (8 adults, 3 children) without any water ballast in the tank capsized while starting to power back home. It was a calm, windless night, so weather wasn''t a factor.
The boat turned 90 degrees on it''s side. The cabin filled with water, trapping the three small children (all wearing PFD) inside. Several of the adults dove in, but were only able to rescue one of the kids, as the others were trapped by debris inside the cabin. The other two are now with their Maker.
The boat was towed in the following morning, still on it''s side.
The courts will spend a lot of time deciding what was at fault -- alchohol, over loading, design, etc. I don''t profess to be an expert. My gut feeling is all have a contributing factor. But it''s a story I though should be shared...