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Re: Drunk boater had 16 kids on 22-foot boat
Personally, I think it is false and misleading to advertise that a 22' boat has a 15 passenger capacity, and then only allow for a total weight carrying capacity of 2100 lbs. An inexperienced newbie might think he can buy the boat and then throw a veritable "block party" on his boat, with a mix of 15 adults and children, when any experienced boater would understand that the gunwales would be awash.
In this case, 16 children plus however many adults were present was even beyond the extremely optimistic estimate of the marketing department of the very popular Wakeboard boats. IMO, only a well-paid expert witness would conclude that the boat wasn't overloaded with 16 children plus adults, irrespective of whether the operator was drunk. I think this case is indefensible on the issue of negligence based on overloading. The question of whether the operator was drunk only exacerbates his culpability.
Last edited by Sailormon6; 08-07-2012 at 11:29 AM.