Being licensed is not a panacea when it comes to insurance
claims and liability in my experience. I was anchored in Montague Harbor in the Gulf Islands years ago and had been there driving an old 55 foot Chrissy for the owner and his wife. We had the hook down for a couple of days while they did a little trolling in their dinghy
. About 2:00 am an large power boat
drifted down on us after they had set their anchor
sometime after sunset. While the damage was minimal, the other owner was an attorney with the predictable result we ended up in court. The judge was very clear that he held me as a licensed mariner to a higher standard than a weekend wonder who was driving the other boat. Because I had kept a log and was able to verify our anchored lat/long position in the bay over two days and entered it in the log, the other party was found 100% at fault but the judge was very clear on the issue of fault had we not had the recorded data to defend our position. The owners of the Chris Craft remained friends of mine for many years and engaged me on a number of cruises from Vancouver to the Queen Charlottes and back over the years.
On another delivery from Mazatlan to San Diego
, I stopped to pick up a crew member
in Cabo San Lucas who came highly recommended with excellent references
that I checked out, however he was new to me. Everything went fine until we passed Mag Bay headed north. I was asleep but awoken to screaming and yelling on deck
which got me up in a hurry. The new crew member
was literally howling at the moon at this point so I relieved him from his watch and sent him below putting the second crew member on the wheel
. After a few moments the screaming began anew from the forward cabin
. We ended up tying up the poor guy who turned out to be a schitzophrenic (bi polar?) who had gone off his meds and didn't bring any with him! Not the sort of normal situation you deal with off shore! Returned to Cabo and got him medical
care, flew in another crew and left a couple of days later.
You just never know what you are going to have to deal with out there!! Retired for a fair number of years now but those two experiences stick in my mind when i was in he game