Originally Posted by TakeFive
All good points. But Bounty's deficiencies (and "dockside attraction" status) were apparently well known among the Tall Ship community. Neverteless, the Tall Ship Challenge allowed Bounty to participate AND EVEN HELPED THEM PROMOTE RIDES FOR "students and groups of all ages," in apparent violation of the limitations of their "dockside attraction" certification.
I accept your argument that regulation may not prevent these sorts of accidents. But organizations like Tall Ships America (who run the dozens of events that make up the Tall Ship Challenge Series) are in a position to influence the safety culture in a way that proactively prevents these accidents. And they clearly failed in this case.
All great points. Points which indicate that the TS community is not doing a good job of policing themselves. Will that lead to more regulation? It may. Does the TS community need someone to step in and tell them what to do? Not if they are the subject matter experts they are supposed to be. That is a damning indictment of the TS community as a bunch of pretenders.
Therefore, for anyone who would put their children on a tall ship, CAVEAT EMPTOR.