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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Sorry guys, I am still trying to figure out how it is acceptable for Tall Ships America
to be OPENLY RECRUITING "students and groups of all ages" for the following:
For Paying Trainees: Overnight Passages,
For Paying Trainees: Day Sails,
Passenger Trade: Overnight Passages,
Passenger Trade: Day Sails
It sure seems to me like they may have been openly assisting the Bounty Foundation in operating in violation of their dockside attraction limitations:
Seems pretty slippery to me and these rules should be changed. What I'm trying to understand is whether they were clearly in violation of the rules at the time. Loophole? Gray area? If so, these need to change.
The USCG had been aboard dozens of time for documented, albeit limited, inspections. They had to be fully aware of what was going on. I'm not trying to throw them under the bus, but it seems more like a loophole was being used or the USCG would have had a problem before the TSC.
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