Donna et al.,
What about the deception in the original post?
"International Rescue Group (IRG) wants to give away a beautiful 36 foot Albin Stratus to the first volunteer Captain or Crew who qualify!"
The website does say that they will "give away" a boat - for two-year periods.
The moderators discussed pulling the thread entirely, and we did pull it while we discussed it. Believe me, after volunteering in various disaster and emergency services organizations both local and national over the past 20 years, I've seen my share of shenanigans. And don't think I didn't come up with many of my own questions about this particular organization along with its relationship to its "partners."
But, when I suggested to the others that the forum members should decide whether to individually support the organization, I also felt that almost all would pick up on nuances such as the one you mention, as well as expose other holes in the cheese so to speak. As for "giving away" a boat, I read the page with the details and, in my opinion, it is worded in such a way as to provide wiggle room in either direction. Is "borderline preposterous" and "deception" in this case illegal or just opinions?
If the organization is legitimate, the original poster is welcome to return and answer all of the issues that are brought to light through this discussion. Perhaps they can use some of the concerns to fine tune their mission since it's still in its infancy. I would imagine any major donors should have the same thoughts as most of you did. At least I hope they would.
My gut says that this organization is either run by well-intentioned dreamers who should probably heed the advice and concerns here before wasting too much more time and money, or that it could be less than legitimate. My gut isn't a lawyer and it can only go on the same information that all of you have access to and regardless of how I personally feel about it, it says to me that the organization should be given the benefit of the doubt (with reservations) until something concrete comes along to indicate otherwise.