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I hate to say it, but 27 people on a 34 foot vessel is a recipe for disaster.
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The chaos that goes on after a fireworks show on the water is beyond believe

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Re: Another tragedy on the water

that all depends on what type of boat... I used to run a glass bottom boat that seated 28 folks and was 34' long, and it seemed very safe, granted that boat had benches down each side and large railing around the middle (glass panels) so they couldn't all rush to one side, and the deck they walked on was well below sea level so it was very stable too. but I still maintain you can't make a blanket statement like "I hate to say it, but 27 people on a 34 foot vessel is a recipe for disaster."

A silverton , however, would of had all those folks well above waterline and is so sketch anyway, no wonder it capsized! Bad seamanship!
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4-5000 lbs of moving ballast 4-12' above the waterline is not going to end well. I feel badly for all involved.
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A vessel designed to tug along with that many people is one thing. A boat designed to have maybe a dozen is another. Therefore I will change my statement to " 27 people on a 34 ft Silverton is a recipe for disaster".
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Here in Newport, where we have jazz concerts/ folk concerts right on the waters edge at Fort Adams the coast guard and harbormaster boats are always greatly vigilant.
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Seven years ago a houseboat capsized in Lake Okanagan when everyone moved over to one side. 60 people on a boat with capacity for 30.
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Without a doubt that boat was massively overloaded, and I doubt very much he had enough pfds for everyone as required by law. As far as I'm concerned the owner of the boat should be brought up on charges fir the deaths of those children.

Incidents like this also bring up that old question: If we have to be licenced to drive a car, why is it that anyone can operate any size pleasurecraft without having to prove you have any training or experience?

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Incidents like this also bring up that old question: If we have to be licenced to drive a car, why is it that anyone can operate any size pleasurecraft without having to prove you have any training or experience?
Because boating is the last bastion of freedom.

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