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post #10 of Old 08-07-2012
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Re: Drunk boater had 16 kids on 22-foot boat

Not to defend the guy, but the article was big on accusations, and low on facts. The word drunk is a broad term.

Let's go back a few hours to the steps leading up to this incident. The night before he tells his kids, let's go boating, invite some friends, the next morning 16 of their closest friends show up. (Mistake 1: not limiting invitations to size of boat). (Mistake 2: not wanting to disappoint, he lets them ALL aboard,... after all their small), (Mistake 3: the kids drain the soda in seconds, leaving him to tap the beer), hot day and 3 beers lator the Sherriff pulls up, asks about the floating "bait shop", and tells him to blow into the tube.

This isn't an acedemic excercise because a small boat overloaded like this one flipped about a year ago leading to the drowning of a couple of youngsters.

We all know the danger of a child slipping overboard with apparently only one "adult" to watch them, (who is going to do the MOB?)

Something to perhaps spend a little more time on when selling a boat is to emphasize the capacity limits. Because there are aparently more than a few NOOB boat owners that haven't gotten the message.

I personally wouldn't take someone else's child boating unless the parent was also there.

One has to wonder about a parent that drops a child off at the dock, with apparently no interest in spending a day on the water with their child, or the childs safety.

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