Originally Posted by Pelagic
Wow Mark.... Thanks for that...
Professionally very disappointing that he would go public and have such a limited legal
understanding of the Builder/Client protocols.
Reading between the lines I see a big ego captain
experimenting with design changes and putting his Owner/employer's investment at risk.
The fact that he brags about it will be easy fodder for the build insurers lawyers.
Glad to see someone comment on the impropriety of him disclosing that report. As to ego, should have read his blog yesterday when he was claiming unlimited captain. Apparently someone encouraged him to remove his credentials. Could it possibly be there were exaggerated?
Ultimately I see him mostly as irrelevant though. He wasn't a naval architect and my understanding that the only one involved was internal to the builder
. Ultimately the boat rolled and sunk and whether fault of the boat or dollies it was within the responsibility of the builder
. If Northern was taking build, design and architectural instructions from this captain, then that wasn't defensible and I doubt they were in fact of the captain's bravado. But he lost
me when he disclosed that document. Now, had he disclosed it in private as part of the negotiation and under order to do so, that's different.
This is a case of one or more huge mistakes
on the part of a builder, a builder struggling to remain alive. Now the closing can't reasonably be blamed on some catastrophic accident
out of their control. First it was in their control. Second were they not insured? Less than one day and they announce that's it? That shows a problem far beyond this incident. But consistent with Northern's history
of the last several years.
Part of what I find most amazing too was the boat was tilted more than normal. They noticed and stopped. Then they continued? Why so desperate to launch at that moment?
I feel deeply for the employees and for the boat buyers who are now sitting with millions paid and no boat to show for it. I believe four boats in that situation.