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Re: Charter with disastrous Outcome
There is a lot more detail about this event over at SA... Simply put there appeared to have been multiple groundings of the boat before it was cleared for charter off shore.
My own humble, and very limited experience, I can honestly say, I'm shocked anyone would WANT to take a charter boat off shore, much less trust their lives to it. The charter boats keep their bottom line by maintaining boats to be ready for service quickly... That is generally a serviceable condition. However, they aren't usually in the business of keeping them up to the latest offshore specs. Also what I call the "rental car" mentality kicks in for people where "its not my boat what do I care" comes in.
Many folks would cringe bringing their own boats into skinny waters... but think nothing of doing it to a charter boat. Watched a couple people run aground at Anegada with a 5ft draft, going places they had no business being (clearly marked on charts, guides, and invariably on their chartplotters)... Its a good thing most of the places they ran aground there were sand only.
Anyway... I suppose there is evidence that the charter company knew the boat was grounded several times (which would be required to prove any kind of manslaughter), but the bigger deal would be if they thought that repairs were not sufficient, and therefore knew the boat to be unseaworthy... that's gonna be tougher to prove.
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