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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Wonder how this will affect the Windjammer cruises and the ones my daughter did her Outward Bound on 15 years ago. Maine has a few classroom vessels like that. Thats how I originally met Walbridge.
I would expect it will.. but exactly how is a little difficult to tell, because the distinction between, say, "private yacht" (do what you like) and "ocean going passenger vessel" (regulations up to your eyeballs) is rather large in maritime law.
So long as a ship like the "Bounty" doesn't travel overseas and doesn't carry "paying passengers" there really isn't a lot the authorities can do, but once you start carrying passengers (like Outward Bound do) there are plenty of regs that start to kick in.. although you can be sure there would still be loop-holes for the crafty and unscrupulous at the smaller end of the scale.
Perhaps the lesson is to always check a ship's survey status before sending your kids on-board. If it's all okay, they'll not be hiding that fact.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"