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(Jalopnik)   Today on drone camera theater: Watching a $24 million yacht go up in flames   (jalopnik.com) divider line 110
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2014-06-21 09:47:29 PM  
The last time the boat's owner saw that much money going up in flames at once was the day he bought the boat.
 
2014-06-21 10:23:23 PM  
Drones are cool.
 
2014-06-21 10:27:50 PM  
And welcome to this week's edition of Schadendrone
 
2014-06-21 10:45:50 PM  
I wonder what the deductible is on an insurance policy like that. Hopefully he lowered it from $1,000 to a more manageable $500 like on my Subaru.
 
2014-06-21 10:45:55 PM  
"Drone camera theater" Ha. And to think that I still get excited about looking at Google Earth. Soon, Google Earth will be in realtime.
 
2014-06-21 11:17:27 PM  
Diplomatic immunity!!!
 
2014-06-21 11:17:45 PM  
We don't burn them here.  We launch them and let them capsize for no reason.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/6-people-rescued-capsized-boat/nfy8j /
 
2014-06-21 11:20:34 PM  

Langston: The last time the boat's owner saw that much money going up in flames at once was the day he bought the boat.


He didn't buy the boat.  He built it.  Took him five years.
 
2014-06-21 11:20:59 PM  
Job creators.
 
2014-06-21 11:21:42 PM  
The ship had a lifeboat called The In Sewer Ants Poly Sea.
 
2014-06-21 11:21:53 PM  
I'm pretty sure whoever insured the boat probably just committed suicide, might want to check on that guy before the boat owner who now has just won the lottery.
 
2014-06-21 11:23:49 PM  
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2014-06-21 11:24:15 PM  
It would be ironic if the cause was an electrical fire.
 
2014-06-21 11:25:56 PM  
I'm going to guess that the insurance company is going to take a really hard look at the boatyard's insurance.  That thing didn't set itself on fire.

Any Fark law talkers ready to provide a brief?
 
2014-06-21 11:28:02 PM  
That's not sad. The B29 in Greenland burning is sad. A guy died before it burned up trying to get it going. All because one safety step was missed in their haste.
 
2014-06-21 11:29:02 PM  
Drone trifecta in play?
 
2014-06-21 11:29:04 PM  

Rent Party: I'm going to guess that the insurance company is going to take a really hard look at the boatyard's insurance.  That thing didn't set itself on fire.

Any Fark law talkers ready to provide a brief?


Yep. Probably wasn't struck by lightning
 
2014-06-21 11:30:31 PM  

Yaw String: It would be ironic if the cause was an electrical fire.


How would that be ironic Alanis?

It would be ironic if it were a water fire. But those don't exist so ...
 
2014-06-21 11:31:28 PM  
 
2014-06-21 11:32:04 PM  

Langston: The last time the boat's owner saw that much money going up in flames at once was the day he bought the boat.


Boat: a hole in the water that you throw money into.
 
2014-06-21 11:33:10 PM  

teto85: Drones are cool.


I wonder if that one was equipped to drop incendiaries.

Misconduc: I'm pretty sure whoever insured the boat probably just committed suicide...


That'll buff right out.
 
2014-06-21 11:33:13 PM  
"The best two days of a boat owner's life are when he buys the boat, and when he burns the boat."
 
2014-06-21 11:33:53 PM  

GonzoNihilist: Yaw String: It would be ironic if the cause was an electrical fire.

How would that be ironic Alanis?

It would be ironic if it were a water fire. But those don't exist so ...


checkout the boat owner's profession gonzo.
 
2014-06-21 11:34:46 PM  
I'm really surprised Alec Baldwin has not starred in a drone camera theater production yet.
 
2014-06-21 11:36:42 PM  
"Watching someone's dreams, someone's tangible proof of accomplishment, completely go up in flames is always a Sad Thing."

No it's not. Watching someones home go up in flames, losing a lifetimes worth of memories and possessions, is sad. Anyone who can afford a luxury boat like that can obviously afford insurance.
 
2014-06-21 11:37:49 PM  
24 million my arse. If that guy paid that much for that boat he got ripped of severely.
 
2014-06-21 11:38:08 PM  

GonzoNihilist: Yaw String: It would be ironic if the cause was an electrical fire.

How would that be ironic Alanis?

It would be ironic if it were a water fire. But those don't exist so ...


There was a boat at the Cape Marina in Florida that caught on fire because of a wake. Gas cap had a crack on it, a Disney cruise ship was going out and caused a wake, the gas leaked down into the deck of the twin I/O motors, something sparked and the boat went up in flames. Luck for everyone at the marina, the coast guard was able to tow it to the middle of the channel where they let it sink.

Never did see the official cause, I would honestly of guessed "arson" because this is when the economy crashed, blah blah blah. This is the story that went around the Marinas for a while, so not sure if its actually true or not, only what I heard.
 
2014-06-21 11:41:30 PM  
"Watching someone's dreams, someone's tangible proof of accomplishment, completely go up in flames is always a Sad Thing."

I could explain why this piece of text is an abberation, but it would entail more stamina than I have.
 
2014-06-21 11:42:18 PM  
I blame the Noldor.
 
2014-06-21 11:43:22 PM  
Too bad there wasn't some water nearby that they could have used to put it out.
 
2014-06-21 11:45:20 PM  

ultraholland: I blame the Noldor.


I see what you did there, and I liked it.
 
2014-06-21 11:45:54 PM  
Of all the things I've feared in my life...my $24M yacht catching fire in dry dock has never made the list. My house, sure, but I live in my house. As much as this guy may have loved his boat, it's not like he's sleeping under a bridge because of this setback.
 
2014-06-21 11:46:00 PM  
That was a nasty fire. They tried doing a "surround and drown", even using fire boats.  They still had problems simply because ocean-going yachts are designed to keep water from entering from any direction.

The windows can't be busted with firehose streams, causing more headaches until they got the cops to shoot them with rifles.

Still took six hours to put it out.

Sad indeed.

/ Looked accidental.

// There's a welder out there updating his resume right now.
 
2014-06-21 11:48:09 PM  

fusillade762: Too bad there wasn't some water nearby that they could have used to put it out.


Thats what I was thinking.  I saw quite a few fire trucks just sitting there and what seemed like a bunch of guys running around looking for water.
 
2014-06-21 11:55:28 PM  

sparkeyjames: 24 million my arse. If that guy paid that much for that boat he got ripped of severely.


From the original article:

Jodsass said the yacht he named "Polar Bear" is worth $24 million, took him five years to build and has been in the water for three years.

/is reading the original article that hard?
 
2014-06-22 12:00:50 AM  

cryinoutloud: "Drone camera theater" Ha. And to think that I still get excited about looking at Google Earth. Soon, Google Earth will be in realtime.


God forbid that ever happens, because I'll never leave the house.  I spend less time per week looking at porn than checking out random places on Google Street View.  I have a Google Earth problem.
 
2014-06-22 12:01:23 AM  
That boat was big enough to hold another boat!

i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-22 12:09:58 AM  
If you can afford $24 mil for a boat, you're not hurting
 
2014-06-22 12:32:04 AM  

rbuzby: We don't burn them here.  We launch them and let them capsize for no reason.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/6-people-rescued-capsized-boat/nfy8j /


Hah, I've been reading about that for a few days, and all of the speculation about why it turtled (little or no ballast, improperly sized launch equipment, etc). I got to learn a nifty new term from it: top hamper. As in, the boat's excessive top hamper led to its capsize. Or, look at the top hamper on that chick.

Top hamper.
 
2014-06-22 12:33:28 AM  
I'm sure he's crying all the way to the insurance office to collect his check.
 
2014-06-22 12:38:53 AM  
Maybe he really liked that boat? The guy's already rich, I doubt another big number is going to make him that happy at the loss of his cool toy/project

Also, I love the drone camera. It's almost like having RTS video game style scrolling and camera controls. Kinda hope we see more awesome shots of cool stuff happening as they get better and cheaper.
 
2014-06-22 12:40:45 AM  
This was his third boat.

The first one fell over and sank.  The second one also fell over and sank.
 
2014-06-22 12:44:32 AM  

ReapTheChaos: "Watching someone's dreams, someone's tangible proof of accomplishment, completely go up in flames is always a Sad Thing."

No it's not. Watching someones home go up in flames, losing a lifetimes worth of memories and possessions, is sad. Anyone who can afford a luxury boat like that can obviously afford insurance.


That's true, though it does say that this guy spent give years having this boat built, so I'm sure there was a personal connection, and at 79, he may not have the time to do it again.

According to TFA he's an electrical engineer who built up a semiconductor company.  So, while it's entirely possible that he's an asshole, there's really no evidence of it in the article.  He sounds like one of the good rich people who actually earned it, as opposed to inheriting a trust fund or making his money bilking average Joes on Wall Street.
 
2014-06-22 12:45:41 AM  
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/tyQvjKqXA0Y/hqdefault.jpg

/Does not Approve
 
2014-06-22 12:48:04 AM  
Drones, now with handy Rubbernecking Mode™!

Seriously, nice footage, but is this going to become the standard? "Ooh, big accident, I should take video! Look at all those injured people on the road. What, me call 911? Why would I do that? Hasn't the NSA intercepted the video feed already?"
 
2014-06-22 12:48:23 AM  

sparkeyjames: 24 million my arse. If that guy paid that much for that boat he got ripped of severely.


Oh look, someone that doesn't know anything about "boats" here to tell us what one is worth.

You should see about that arse of yours, it's apparently learned to post to fark.
 
2014-06-22 12:50:54 AM  

Fuggin Bizzy: Of all the things I've feared in my life...my $24M yacht catching fire in dry dock has never made the list. My house, sure, but I live in my house. As much as this guy may have loved his boat, it's not like he's sleeping under a bridge because of this setback.


To be fair, he didn't cry too much, and he did say something about it being "a great toy, a beautiful toy" or something like that.

Lsherm: God forbid that ever happens, because I'll never leave the house. I spend less time per week looking at porn than checking out random places on Google Street View. I have a Google Earth problem.


It's happening RIGHT NOW. Where do you live? I'm internetting by to look at your house, come out and wave.
 
2014-06-22 12:52:07 AM  

LesserEvil: That yacht was big enough to hold a  nother runabout!

[i.imgur.com image 765x517]


FTFY

Boat is not a universal term that means watercraft.  Just as car doesn't mean truck, or tractor, or motorcylce.
 
2014-06-22 01:00:01 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: According to TFA he's an electrical engineer who built up a semiconductor company.  So, while it's entirely possible that he's an asshole, there's really no evidence of it in the article.  He sounds like one of the good rich people who actually earned it, as opposed to inheriting a trust fund or making his money bilking average Joes on Wall Street.


Here's his bio on some "Who's who in tech Minnesota" type page.

High school drop out, Navy Electronics program, followed by tech school in North Dakota, then ground floor and up at Control Data, a couple of start ups, one of which Lucent bought him out of some 15 years ago for 100mil.
 
2014-06-22 01:00:34 AM  
I imagine the owner laments the loss of his creation rather than the money.
 
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