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Old 26-02-2009, 17:25   #1
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Man Sinks His Own ChrisCraft Cavalier

File this under dumb criminal.

Seattle man accused of sinking his own yacht - CNN.com

at least he didn't try to torch it.
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Old 26-02-2009, 17:37   #2
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File this under dumb criminal.

Seattle man accused of sinking his own yacht - CNN.com

at least he didn't try to torch it.

Yeah. Read this article couple days back. I was about to dismiss it as pure fraud (on his part) when I read this quote: ""the engine trouble he experienced caused him to lose his temper. In his rage, he smashed the sea strainers with a hammer and drilled the hole to sink the vessel," .

Then I thought.... maybe he did just loose it!
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Old 26-02-2009, 17:48   #3
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Yeah. Read this article couple days back. I was about to dismiss it as pure fraud (on his part) when I read this quote: ""the engine trouble he experienced caused him to lose his temper. In his rage, he smashed the sea strainers with a hammer and drilled the hole to sink the vessel," .

Then I thought.... maybe he did just loose it!
As a former Atomic 4 owner, I think you have a point!!!!
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Later that day, Lewis boarded a flight to take him to his job in Kodiak, Alaska, as a petty officer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to court documents.
I wonder what other marine equipment he has vandalized. Our (US of A) taxes are paying this guys wages. It's time to lay him off too!
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In his rage, he smashed the sea strainers with a hammer and drilled the hole to sink the vessel," .
It seems like a perfectly understandable course of action.
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(Why is that a crime?
As long as the water is deep enough not to cause a navigation hazard, a skipper ought to be able to scuttle his boat.)

Edit: never mind, read the article, insurance fraud and 'environmental concerns.. regarding my note above, I meant not go and later try to file an insurance claim
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Its about polluting the water , hazard to navigation and Insurance fraud that makes it illegal & maybe a few other things
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He rowed ashore without calling for help.
He went to work right afterward.
The boat was for sale.
He had filed for bankruptcy a few years back.

Each one of those by themselves isn't a big deal, but I am sure the combination of them raised a few red flags.
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The crime here is that it was not just any boat, but a classic wooden Chris Craft.

Owning/maintaining one of those beauties requires a minimal level a $$ among OTHER THINGS (like patience). Sounds like this guy didnt have any.
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(Why is that a crime?
As long as the water is deep enough not to cause a navigation hazard, a skipper ought to be able to scuttle his boat.)

Edit: never mind, read the article, insurance fraud and 'environmental concerns.. regarding my note above, I meant not go and later try to file an insurance claim
Its illegal to dump plastic in the water. Although wood, I'm sure the boat had a decent amount of plastic onboard.

Does this mean technically that all plastic boats are illegal if they touch the water?
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Does this mean technically that all plastic boats are illegal if they touch the water?
On the other hand, if a plastic bottle is documented with a name painted on the bottom, maybe it's not dumping?

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I have seen a few boats that look like bleach bottles. Can one register a bleach bottle? At what length does it become a boat? At what length does it become legal to have it in the water? Is there a grey area?
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beautiful boat---i wish the one i had owned in 1994 was as gorgeous......there is fiberglass over ply wood construction that actually has good appearance.......for a stinkpot.......mine had twin 283's.........twin bendix autopilots, loaded.......fun boat and roomy ......classic.....still a stinkpot......
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There's probably a lot less desireable wood on the bottom where it ended up in these parts.... ;>)
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Yeah. Read this article couple days back. I was about to dismiss it as pure fraud (on his part) when I read this quote: ""the engine trouble he experienced caused him to lose his temper. In his rage, he smashed the sea strainers with a hammer and drilled the hole to sink the vessel," .

Then I thought.... maybe he did just loose it!
1/...Perhaps he had one too many cups of coffee.

2/...Maybe he should have been eligible for a Government Bailout!

Any more imaginative excuses we can give this guy for his defense of a criminal act against a classic old boat?
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