Originally Posted by Minnewaska
I am interested in a conclusion on what to do about it. Perhaps nothing, as there are bad apples in every bunch and I'm not interested in rules to prevent every exception. However, as I've said before, it wouldn't bother me to see severe restrictions in the mobility of these vessels with anything other than a highly qualified crew, no passengers, no fake paid crew.
I think the USCH has alowed too many boats to rip off their 12 passenger/non inspection certification. Forgotten the actual name for it but was desingned for recreational fishing boats... ya know, the sports fishing type boat shown below. That rule seems to have been extended up to 300 tons!
I know the SuperYachts here are under those rules.
Under those rule the USCG can inspect but CANNOT do anything but offer advice! Cant stop them going to sea etc.
The Bounty does not look like the boat below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!