Originally Posted by yeloya
I had a chance to hear what coast guard authorities would say on the matter. Contrary to what this gentleman is claiming, they told me that they called the marina management and have been informed that the guy was not hard but on sea whole winter. They have also said that if marina had confirmed that he was on hard stand, the fine would have been avoided.
Jumping on the conclusions w/out hearing the counter part doesn't help..
HI. Obviously you are concerned for your country and the way it is viewed in the sailing community. You should be congratulated for your willingness to get involved and assist with this issue. I also understand from the way you handled this that you are connected.
The sailors should have pumped out before leaving their original port. It's kind of like topping up your fuel tank
when at a gas station in your car. Some people don't but rather wait till the fuel
is almost empty before filling up.
You have obviously found a problem. Strict enforcement of the laws towards sailboats but non enforcement of the laws requiring Marinas
to have operational pump out facilities.
For me this is the crux of the issue. The source of the sense of injustice and unfairness.
One other thing. If the coast guard official bothered to ask if the sailors left their boat without living on it for 7 months then they would have been asking the right question. Not even accepting evidence of this fact is not good or just.
I wish you and your fellow countrymen well. Times of change wether they be for good or bad are always difficult. I wish you and your country peace and tranquility.