Here is the link:
3 dead, 4 seriously injured in N.Y. boat accident - USATODAY.com
Unfortunately this is the kind of thing we get used to hearing about but this particular accident
is not conclusively determined to be the result of an over reliance on GPS
I propose that this thread be about the people in NY who ran their boat 100' out of the water
in a narrow channel after dark rather then the NZ rescue
My first observation is that in my sailboat, even at hull speed
or slightly above, I could never end up 100' from water
My second observation is that someone with a boat like Alex' could bend or lose their cantilevered keel
and easily end up upside down.
My first speculation is that these deaths may have been caused by an over reliance on their GPS/charplotter.
My next speculation is that this would have been worse for the operator of this M/V had they run over a dinghy
or sailing vessel.
I guess I kind of like my 'old shoe' with it's centerboard
that acts as a depth sounder
at maybe 6 knots. I also like going fast (hull speed) but that seems to be when the real problems happen quickly. Momentum = velocity (speed) x mass (weight).
Y'all know where this is going: to the state legislature, and beyond. I think I could pass the sailing endorsement on my license
as well as watch keeping. I am pretty good about keeping a 'weather eye' out as well but first I would have to get a license
from the CG, if it comes to that.
Just a few more bucks out of recreational sailboat owners into the state coffers to keep us safe from ourselves. I am sorry to be the messenger but I am beginning to think that it just may be in our future and is perhaps not the worst idea. I just do not know how you can legislate people to act 'reasonably' without hurting the core
of those that are 'reasonable'.
and other electronic navigating devices are worse then no driving while using hand held cellphone in a car. Add in an i-Pod and where are you?