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pamela
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February 24, 2010 3:29 am  

http://www.saildivebvi.com/charterblog/

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Edward
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February 24, 2010 4:57 am  

How can one protect one's boat from these irresponsible people?

Great pix!


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pamela
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February 25, 2010 3:30 pm  

Not my pics - these were taken by the crew aboard the yacht.

For one thing, don't ever moor at night at the bight. Too many go fast boats with drunk drivers in the area. And make sure your mast lights and anchor lights are working. Although Marmot was clearly lit up it still happened but help all you can and make sure your lights are working.

I am somewhat surprised to see nothing in the BVI papers about this accident.

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br1k
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February 25, 2010 5:56 pm  

I wouldn't go as far as "don't moor at the bight" - it is a great place, a bit overused to be sure - but nice nonetheless. Pick a mooring on the east side farther away from Willie T (good idea anyway if you don't enjoy drunken noises and the stench coming from their kitchen). In any case, this isn't a particularly common incident (bad though it may be). In general little can be done since anyone with a buck can get and drive a boat (no license required, not that license requirements help with drunken car driving). It's just like anything else.

On a recent charter in BVI I was at the Marina Cay, and right in front of us a 45' + moorings charter catamaran with a local *professional captain* at the helm ran full speed into a moored boat in the middle of the day (barely missing ours, thankfully). The idiot was driving full speed through a packed mooring field. When presumably sober presumably professional during clear daylight can do this - I doubt there is a magic way to be "safe".


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