Originally Posted by avb3
Interesting quote from the court proceedings (click on the thumbnail). You'd think that:
a) a large passenger liner had a bit more sophistication in their anchoring
system than a 50' sailboat.
b) if he has his own boat, I sure don't want to be anywhere near it if he has this little disregard for safety
of passengers and the well-being of the boat.
a) While you would think that would be the case, it really isn't necessarily so. Anchors need to be able to be deployed relatively quickly and easily if needed (probably why the area wasn't locked) and without the aid of ship's power. Most modern anchoring systems are quite simple and only require one person (albeit, an actual qualified crewmember) to release in an emergency
All he needed to do was remove the buckler plate over the hawsepipe (if there was one), release whatever was securing the anchor for sea (could be a couple of turnbuckles with some shackles and chain - not many modern commercial
ships use devil's claws or pelican hooks), make sure the windlass
was disengaged (should be already), lift
and secure the riding pawl and then release the brake.
So, mechanically-speaking, it's very possible that this was similar to the setup on his boat. The obvious differences here are that this equipment
is much heavier and less forgiving (in the hands of a first-timer he could have easily lost
control and let the entire anchor and rode overboard
- this can happen quite easily, especially in deep water) and he knew that he shouldn't have been there.
b) Ditto. This is also one of the reasons I have no desire to work on cruise
ships. I know too many people who have stories similar to this of passengers doing dumb things from complaining about the weather
their rooms on fire.
EDIT: After reading the Affidavit, it seems that this ship does utilize a pelican hook at the stern anchor and
it's fitted with a fancy cable release mechanism. That makes this even simpler. That anchor could be deployed in less than a minute without having to mess with turnbuckles. Plus, your formal dining wear stays nice and clean!