I agree with Donna, but the nature here with some here to to play computer screen analysis from their couch and comment on things without the facts. After all it does make it interesting read. When they get it right they brag and bray over their magnificence of their amateur guess. When they are wrong. of course they never admit it. For me what really happened comes out after time. I surle wouldn't want to do anything wrong and have it published on SN to have the sleuths here analyze, because they certainly don't need facts to state opinions.
My real reason for posting is about the term delivery captain. Seems anyone can call themself that. I have friends who actually do that for a living and their level f experience is far greater than some of the threads and articles I have seen where people pay to have boats delivered by people claiming to have experience. There is no real qualification though and anyone can claim to have and have recommendations from successful trips.
I would look carefully into their insurance or lack thereof and also your own should a mishap occur, not only for liability of injury to those on your or other boats, not only to property damage on your or others boats, but also to who will be sued should environmental or salvage be required.
Moving a boat requires more skill than moving furniture in a hose but many people now it seems do less research into the people doing he moving.
I would suggest people use only those recommended by Boat US or one of the professional marine organizations. Any less than that I'd be inspect.
When I see a report like this and the term delivery captain used, it may not be a real delivery captain, just someone who calls themself that. A delivery captain is not someone trying to gain experience, it is someone who has the experience IMHO. In both instances recently none of my friends would have sop phoned the CG or tried running Oregon Inlet.
I hear you James. I'm not saying to wait for the investigation. But somewhere between that and a short article where the journalist may or may not have gotten the facts correct is a good starting spot for a discussion. I just wanted to head off the knee-jerk bashing of those involved and turn it into a discussion that all of us can learn from. More of "What would I (or what could they) have done differently?" rather than "The idiots should have rigged a sail by sewing their t-shirts together or gone down with the ship."