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Re: Interesting tale of a captain who abandoned vessel
ru, Tanai Aebi is the wrong one to mention in any discussion of sane sailing. In one of her first articles she was quite clear about not knowing how to use the sextant, and figuring it out mainly by the luck of the gods. And that she'd have probably passed Bermuda and run out of food and water and died at sea if not for that LUCK. Her luck held up long enough for her to build experience and skills.
But as boatman points out, a solo sailor, much less a solo newb, ain't gonna get offshore insurance.
And once a boat has gone aground, probably bent or sheared the rudder, ripped up the propshaft, maybe displaced the keel, the wrecking yard is very much the right place for it. Especially on a high-rent island in prime season.
In the US, "government" agencies are usually immune from lawsuit under the principle of sovereign immunity. So whether the local PD, FD, CG, etc. would have had any liability exposure by attempting salvage is questionable. More likely the fact that they FAILED to take any protective action, would get them in court for failure to perform their duty. The only question being whether they have a duty to salvage, or a duty to prevent fouling of the coast by allowing a wreck to go up on it.
"Y'Honoh, we'da liked to salvage the boat, but theys was fresh donuts ready at the KrispyKreme!"