Originally Posted by socaldmax
When you say it will not remain stable, I'm assuming that's because it requires a great deal of ballast that hasn't been installed yet?
I wonder why they would launch the boat if it didn't have enough ballast to even sit upright on it's own?
From those present, the Coast Guard had stability tests conducted with it in it's present state. When the sling was eased it immediately started to tilt. So the sling arrangement and the transport plan had to be approved.
Why? Didn't know? Felt it would be ok? Some compelling reason they had to launch then such as perhaps a progress payment due on launch and it was needed to stay open? Felt it would remain stable enough they could then work with adding or arranging ballast? Desperation sometimes leads to inappropriate risk taking? Even the limited ballast installed wasn't done properly?
Also had it been floated in a sling, as is most often done at larger yards, they could have been sure before releasing it. A crane instead of dollies.
I don't know the answer to that question of why. However, I'll state one thing from years of experience. Companies in financial trouble take shortcuts and chances. (Individuals do the same). It's just human nature. When it's a clothing
goods that are sub par it's hardly newsworthy and it happens all the time. When it's a pet treats manufacturer in China
tainted treats, dogs
and cats die. Unfortunately that's happened often. In this case we clearly don't have all the facts, but the one thing we know without question is that a serious mistake was made, either accidentally or knowledgeably aware of the risk. Was it the dollies, the boat, the ramp
, all the above? We don't yet know. Were their warnings? Well, you look at the photos and video. Look at them stopping and then deciding to resume. May have been many warnings before that point. But even then, wouldn't a prudent decision have been to check everything and, if necessary, delay launching?
They took the chance any issue could be fixed. Well, the crew tried to fix it and one member
their life. See this tragedy was minor compared to what it nearly was.