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Old 06-10-2014, 01:57   #1
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Drunk skipper founders his yacht

I'm hoping this link will show up. This drunken twit is paying an expensive price with the damage to his yacht and a fine.



http://www.skynews.com.au/news/natio...y-s-north.html
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To me, this is a sad story. Most likelly, if he gets on the water again, he won't do this again. An aversive experience!

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Link worked for me.

Many years ago when I was young I did some incredibly stupid things that I now regret.
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Re: Drunk skipper founders his yacht

sounds like propaganda from the do gooders and holier than thou brigade!

hands up who has ever had a few too many on their yacht!

the stupid thing he did was running out of fuel,which put the yacht and crew in danger,had he not run out of fuel I doubt this would ever have made the news,even if prosecuted for drinking.
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sounds like propaganda from the do gooders and holier than thou brigade!

hands up who has ever had a few too many on their yacht!

the stupid thing he did was running out of fuel,which put the yacht and crew in danger,had he not run out of fuel I doubt this would ever have made the news,even if prosecuted for drinking.
Perhaps his judgement on the amount of fuel required was impacted by his impairment.

For the record, when underway, whether skippering your boat, plane or car, being impaired is never a good idea.
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Perhaps his judgement on the amount of fuel required was impacted by his impairment.

For the record, when underway, whether skippering your boat, plane or car, being impaired is never a good idea.
some people should not be on the water........period!
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sounds like propaganda from the do gooders and holier than thou brigade!

hands up who has ever had a few too many on their yacht!

the stupid thing he did was running out of fuel,which put the yacht and crew in danger,had he not run out of fuel I doubt this would ever have made the news,even if prosecuted for drinking.
Article said he blew a 0.165 BA. That's beyond a few too many, even for those not card carrying members of the HTTB. Not to say I've never had a couple before taking out a boat (not for many years) but it takes a lot more than a few drinks to get you that loaded.
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Re: Drunk skipper founders his yacht

Seeing how much booze many cruisers load on their boats makes me sure they may be the highest ranking alcoholics / social group, perhaps second only to priests, and bartenders.

What never stops to amaze me though is that their craft does not sink at the dock due to overloading. Apparently, EU directives in this respect fudged in huge safety margins.

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Article said he blew a 0.165 BA. That's beyond a few too many, even for those not card carrying members of the HTTB. Not to say I've never had a couple before taking out a boat (not for many years) but it takes a lot more than a few drinks to get you that loaded.
had he not sunk the boat,it probably would have not made the news.

had the boat sunk because he ran out of fuel whilst he was sober it would probably still have made the news.

,a classic case of SPIN by newspaper journalists pandering to the "holier than thou brigade",do gooders,and general killjoys of this world
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had he not sunk the boat,it probably would have not made the news.

Probably correct.

had the boat sunk because he ran out of fuel whilst he was sober it would probably still have made the news.

Also probably correct.

,a classic case of SPIN by newspaper journalists pandering to the "holier than thou brigade",do gooders,and general killjoys of this world
Whether an incident makes the news or not isn't really my point.

Unless the newspaper article was totally wrong (have seen it happen more than once) or the writer lied (less likely but not unheard of) the captain was seriously drunk, way to impaired to be driving a boat. 0.165 blood alcohol level is not SPIN or holier than thou, self righteous ranting, that is very, very drunk. Most casual drinkers would be unconscious or unable to walk with that much alcohol in their system.

Don't know about where you are but in the US a number of people are killed every year because they were driving impaired. Assuming the numbers were correct, that guy had no business driving a boat and should be held responsible.

By the way, I doubt anyone that knows me would put me into the do gooder or HTT category.
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Cannot imagine anyone is not aware of this but deaths on the water due to impaired boat operators is a serious and growing problem. Most often involves power boats or jet skis but even on a sailboat it isn't a good idea.
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that wasn't a "yacht"
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Whether an incident makes the news or not isn't really my point.

Unless the newspaper article was totally wrong (have seen it happen more than once) or the writer lied (less likely but not unheard of) the captain was seriously drunk, way to impaired to be driving a boat. 0.165 blood alcohol level is not SPIN or holier than thou, self righteous ranting, that is very, very drunk. Most casual drinkers would be unconscious or unable to walk with that much alcohol in their system.

Don't know about where you are but in the US a number of people are killed every year because they were driving impaired. Assuming the numbers were correct, that guy had no business driving a boat and should be held responsible.

By the way, I doubt anyone that knows me would put me into the do gooder or HTT category.
if he had RUN OUT of fuel HOW was he DRIVING the power boat?

surely he must have drifted onto the rocks.........

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