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(Daily Mail)   Not news: Man crashes boat he has lived on for 14 years. News: At the end of a 2,800 mile journey from Mexico to Hawaii. Fark: The man is blind, has no insurance on the boat and all the expensive equipment was then stolen   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 72
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2014-05-25 11:59:56 PM  
"Legally Blind"

Not the same as blind. Also had three crewmates.

But that's what you get when you live on a boat. Ask Harry Dresdon.
 
2014-05-26 12:48:11 AM  
What does a guy like that do for a living? "Sails competitively"?  That's a rich man's idle pursuit.
 
2014-05-26 12:54:12 AM  
I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.
 
2014-05-26 01:08:57 AM  
I bet he didn't see that coming.
 
2014-05-26 01:18:23 AM  
SideTrack?
 
2014-05-26 01:26:54 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: SideTrack?


not i, had to check the article to see if it was anyone I knew though
 
2014-05-26 02:47:52 AM  
FTA: The Department of Land and Natural Resources hirde a salvage company to remove the boat last week, and could hit Berg with fines for damaging the coral.

Now that's how you add insult to injury.
 
2014-05-26 04:02:23 AM  
I think I have a new hero.
 
2014-05-26 04:06:34 AM  
That website damn near sunk my browser.
 
2014-05-26 04:08:45 AM  
was thinking more of this, DNRTFA:

nomadicdanes.com
 
2014-05-26 04:16:26 AM  
Many 'legally blind' folk LOVE to play up the 'actually blind' angle.
 
2014-05-26 04:16:41 AM  
God I hate the Daily Fail.
 
2014-05-26 04:17:19 AM  

Lukeonia1: FTA: The Department of Land and Natural Resources hirde a salvage company to remove the boat last week, and could hit Berg with fines for damaging the coral.

Now that's how you add insult to injury.


I'm more intrigued about the apparent lack of 'teh speelchek' on TFA's author's computer...
 
2014-05-26 04:23:27 AM  
Perhaps he shouldn't have risked so much if he didn't have any farking insurance.  People are lame.
 
2014-05-26 04:25:38 AM  
So... is it another time for the "Power of Fark" to build this man a miniature of the boat he just lost, you know, for the sake of remembrance? He could keep it in a bottle and reminisce the nice times he had with the real boat.
 
2014-05-26 04:25:49 AM  

JerkyMeat: Perhaps he shouldn't have risked so much if he didn't have any farking insurance.  People are lame.


You can try to strong-arm people to buy insurance, doesn't mean they'll actually buy it..
 
2014-05-26 04:26:19 AM  
'All of his electronics talk to him. He gets email that talk to him so he didn't have to read anything,' friend John Harold said.


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2014-05-26 04:32:52 AM  
ACTUAL HEADLINE:  "Idiot crashes boat."
 
2014-05-26 04:35:16 AM  
With all the money he saved not carrying insurance on his residence, he can go buy himself something nice.

Like another boat.

Or the farks I do not give.
 
2014-05-26 04:38:05 AM  

GreenSun: So... is it another time for the "Power of Fark" to build this man a miniature of the boat he just lost, you know, for the sake of remembrance? He could keep it in a bottle and reminisce the nice times he had with the real boat.


Or, since he's blind, just give him a bottle...
 
2014-05-26 04:41:36 AM  

whidbey: God I hate the Daily Fail.


They have disdain for you too.
 
2014-05-26 04:44:13 AM  

Friction8r: whidbey: God I hate the Daily Fail.

They have disdain for you too.


Pretty sure they don't know me from Adam, Skippy.
 
2014-05-26 04:48:13 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.


Umm, no.  The boat was his home for the last 14 years.  The only way he could afford to do what he did was to sell his house and everything he owned.  He probably couldn't afford the insurance.
 
2014-05-26 04:59:16 AM  
I feel really bad for the guy, even if it was pretty dumb to not have insurance.
Just because someone takes risks or makes mistakes doesn't mean we can't empathize with them when terrible misfortunes strike them.
 
2014-05-26 05:12:13 AM  

lindseyp: 5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.

Umm, no.  The boat was his home for the last 14 years.  The only way he could afford to do what he did was to sell his house and everything he owned.  He probably couldn't afford the insurance.


Maybe it's just me...but to my mind if you cannot afford the insurance, you cannot afford the boat. If you're buying a thing in which you are spending large amounts of time in or putting a lot of your stuff in (a house, an apartment, a car, a boat), you really ought to include insurance in your upkeep budget. Jus'sayin.
 
2014-05-26 05:20:01 AM  
You people need to get off of his poop deck.
 
2014-05-26 05:52:16 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.


Why would he buy another when he still has a boat.

There's a picture of it, thats his boat.


The "he lost his home" sounds like hyperbole to me.
 
2014-05-26 05:54:53 AM  

Gawdzila: I feel really bad for the guy, even if it was pretty dumb to not have insurance.
Just because someone takes risks or makes mistakes doesn't mean we can't empathize with them when terrible misfortunes strike them.


There's terrible misfortune, then there's NAVIGATING A BOAT WHEN YOU'RE ALMOST BLIND!

This guy did something selfish, and has farked himself. It sucks that he lost his home, but this wasn't misfortune, it was what happens when you operate vehicles when you're blind.

Let's leave the Blind Navigator gigs to board games.

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2014-05-26 05:57:12 AM  
That's impressive. Let him go.
 
2014-05-26 06:59:08 AM  
can't we get a "hero" fark him, his boat, and I hope he walks into a wall this morning.
 
2014-05-26 07:22:58 AM  
He must be related to that sick couple that took their kid out to sea and had to be rescued by the navy.
 
2014-05-26 07:43:21 AM  

ManifestDestiny: lindseyp: 5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.

Umm, no.  The boat was his home for the last 14 years.  The only way he could afford to do what he did was to sell his house and everything he owned.  He probably couldn't afford the insurance.

Maybe it's just me...but to my mind if you cannot afford the insurance, you cannot afford the boat. If you're buying a thing in which you are spending large amounts of time in or putting a lot of your stuff in (a house, an apartment, a car, a boat), you really ought to include insurance in your upkeep budget. Jus'sayin.


Exactly. Though I guess we see in Lindseyp why various house insurances are mandated. Lindsey would probably buy a bigger house with the savings instead of the correct play: saving the cash that would go to the ins company for the rainy day.
 
2014-05-26 07:47:48 AM  
That said, I can still feel bad for the stupid. No need to try to find schadenfreude in this one.
 
2014-05-26 08:06:44 AM  
That looks like an older Island Packet.  That's a moderately high end sailboat.  One of the best production boats you can get if you plan on actually using it.

Ship's hull was ruined in the wreck, and it wasn't recoverable.  The salvage company broke it into pieces and hauled it off as trash.

hawaiitribune-herald.com
 
2014-05-26 08:06:53 AM  
At first this was reminding me of the episode of cops, when they stood by and watch a man's small motorhome burn up, taking all his possessions with it.  The man could only sit on the curb and cry, because he truly became homeless at that moment.

But if the other Farkers' point of view is correct he isn't broke, I no longer really care either.  I guess the point that he was paying a crew, and they didn't really say he is now homeless, just that he lived on the boat for the last 14 years, he may have money and a home somewhere.

/that video of the man with so little, slowly making it with what he had, watch it all go away with a fire, still gets to me.
 
2014-05-26 08:16:30 AM  
Update: the ship was a Nordic 40.  Also a good cruising boat.  They stopped making these decades ago... now there is one less.
 
HKW
2014-05-26 08:33:28 AM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.


Agreed.  But it wasnt from cheapness.  Look at it from the insurance companies perspective:


Sales guy: Hey Boss, I just got a client that wants to insure his 40 ft boat full of expensive gear!
Boss:  farkin-A
Sales guy: Yea..  He's one cool dude..  Most guys on disability just sit on the couch and watch the Price is Right..  But not this cat.  Its his home and he sails all over the world.
Boss:  Disability? How can he operate a sailboat if he's got limited mobility?
Sales guy:  Oh, he's not physically limited; he's as strong as an ox..   He just can't see - He's legally blind..
Boss:  Wait a minute..   He cant see where hes going?
Sales guy:  Nope!  blind as a cave fish!    But hes got some amazing equipment that tell him everything thats going on.
Boss:  You want our company to Insure a boat, piloted by a blind man, being sailed on the open ocean?
Sales guy:  why not?   I've prospected all week, and this guy is solid.
Boss:  YOUR FIRED
 
2014-05-26 08:38:13 AM  
The article details how it was an annoying FaceTime Login Request that ruined his navigation equipment, which caused the crash.

So once again, Steve Jobs is at fault.
 
2014-05-26 08:42:20 AM  
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now he is on a quest... for vengeance!
 
2014-05-26 08:46:42 AM  

lindseyp: 5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.

Umm, no.  The boat was his home for the last 14 years.  The only way he could afford to do what he did was to sell his house and everything he owned.  He probably couldn't afford the insurance.


If you cannot afford the insurance on the thing, then you cannot afford the thing.
 
2014-05-26 08:46:42 AM  

whidbey: Friction8r: whidbey: God I hate the Daily Fail.

They have disdain for you too.

Pretty sure they don't know me from Adam, Skippy.




I don't know about Adam, but I'm pretty sure I know you from Skippy.
 
2014-05-26 09:00:14 AM  
The boat got picked clean.  Saw the same thing happen on Bimini back in the 80's.  Took a blue water sailing class, which one part was a crossing to Bimini.  At the time there was an old hotel (with a bar that Hemingway use to drink in, but, there about 4,000 bars that make the same claim.  He must have had a liver the size of a basketball.)  We arrived starving and piled into the hotel restaurant.  There were windows looking out onto the sea, which wasn't too far away, since Bimini is pretty small. There was a medium sized, cabin cruiser on the rocks, right there in front of us.  The lady who was our waitress, said that his engine had quit and he drifted onto the rocks  There owner was standing on shore, watching the waves batter the boat, which was a goner, and the locals were helping themselves to the electronics, etc. Once the locals had gotten everything of any value off the boat, the a local policeman wandered down and spoke with the owner, shrugging and obviously telling him there was nothing that could be done.  When we showed up for breakfast, the next morning, the boat had been pretty much pounded to pieces.

/Conch fritters!  If you've never had them, and you're ever down in the Keys or the Bahamas, get some, they're delicious.
//It was the 80's, and the were 3 cigarette boats tied up at the dock.  We figured it wouldn't be wise to inquire about them or even wander over and look them over.
 
2014-05-26 09:07:18 AM  

zimbomba63: //It was the 80's, and the were 3 cigarette boats tied up at the dock. We figured it wouldn't be wise to inquire about them or even wander over and look them over.


Were you afraid of running into Crockett and Tubbs?
 
2014-05-26 09:13:49 AM  
On the one hand, sad. On the other hand, you'd think that you would be extra, extra careful when navigating in unfamiliar waters in a place known for coral reefs with your navigation equipment on the fritz.

Sad to lose it, though, and of course it's sad and utterly unsurprising the thing was picked clean.
 
2014-05-26 09:24:52 AM  

padraig: If you cannot afford the insurance on the thing, then you cannot afford the thing.


Exxon will help him out. He got a call the next morning asking if he'd like to pilot a super tanker. Of course, he have to take drinking lessons or join Total Fark. So there's that..
 
2014-05-26 09:25:41 AM  
You stay classy Hawaiins!  Robbers/ thieves/ and crack heads. Sorry to say, some dumbshiats stole his equipment; I learned you don't go swimming at some far deserted beach in your rental car; as when you go out in the waves to swim, the crack heads come out of the bushes and are into / scavenge your rental in 2-3 minutes... tough lesson. Lots of homeless in Hawaii, meth and crack addicts... ouch.
 
2014-05-26 09:27:39 AM  

FnkyTwn: The article details how it was an annoying FaceTime Login Request that ruined his navigation equipment, which caused the crash.

So once again, Steve Jobs is at fault.


So he was completely reliant on his navigation system... which was running on an iPad?  Bad move.  I could see doing that as a backup.  I've had the electronics on a Hunter 36 shut down on me before due to power issues, so I carry a self-contained navigation system with me at all times.  But as a primary, no way.  Residential electronics are not reliable enough.
 
2014-05-26 09:31:20 AM  

ManifestDestiny: lindseyp: 5 star chef of tv dinners: I would pretend that i give a crap but I don't.  If he could afford all of that crap then he could afford the insurance on it.  He was being cheap and now has to put his money where his mouth is.  Chances are he will just buy another anyway.

Umm, no.  The boat was his home for the last 14 years.  The only way he could afford to do what he did was to sell his house and everything he owned.  He probably couldn't afford the insurance.

Maybe it's just me...but to my mind if you cannot afford the insurance, you cannot afford the boat. If you're buying a thing in which you are spending large amounts of time in or putting a lot of your stuff in (a house, an apartment, a car, a boat), you really ought to include insurance in your upkeep budget. Jus'sayin.


It's even worse than that to me. Houses are relatively stable. You could throw one up and do nothing, come back in 50 years, and it would probably still be there. With a boat you're basically taking a bunch of shiat, glueing it together, and praying you don't get any leaks big enough that you can't re-glue the hull before the damn thing sinks.
 
2014-05-26 09:41:01 AM  

FnkyTwn: zimbomba63: //It was the 80's, and the were 3 cigarette boats tied up at the dock. We figured it wouldn't be wise to inquire about them or even wander over and look them over.

Were you afraid of running into Crockett and Tubbs?


No, not them, the other side of the equation.  When we docked, the captain went to report to the island authorities and came back with some cards.  He explained that it was customary that some personal information be provided, so they knew who we were.  One of the lines asked for your occupation.  Well, I'm an IRS agent and didn't really want that to be known. I mentioned that to the captain and he agreed, that wouldn't be such a good idea.  I put down accountant.  It was the 80's, you know.

/Columbian neckties don't look good on me.
 
2014-05-26 09:43:40 AM  
Damn plate tectonics!
How's a guy supposed to know where to sail if the planet keeps moving stuff around?
 
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