Originally Posted by PCP
I don't get your logic. If the lack of proper laws did not allow a ship to be considered as a yacht and that way escape proper mandatory inspections, that boat would be limited to be a dock attraction and that accident would never happen.
Regulations exist for not letting to the discrimination of individuals what is safe or not. Obviously the Bounty organization considered the boat seaworthy to sail near an hurricane, otherwise they would not set sail.
The logic is simple. Captains are licensed in an effort to prevent unqualified people from making disastrous, stupid decisions.
Who tested the pumps? Who was in charge of the criminally negligent state of the engine room? Who was in charge of training on the ship's systems? The Engineer is in charge of these things and the captain is ULTIMATELY in charge of these things. Both men failed miserably.
In one regard, I will completely agree that regulations need to be addressed: the whole idea behind the Bounty being classified as a private yacht instead of a commercial enterprise. Would that change anything, though? We all hope that it would, but the reality is that the material condition of many commercial vessels is equally atrocious.