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Wayne Hasson has no humility and no common sense...

Captain Nathan Willis - Commercial Passenger Vessel Operator
January 7, 2002 at 00:42:09

As irresponsible as this Galapogos fiasco was, the comments Hasson made following the 20 Wave Dancer deaths were worse. He was quoted, in the way of instruction to all us "uninformed" sailors and landlubbers, that "staying on board a 120 ft. steel vessel tied to a dock is the safest place to be during a hurricane".

Thanks for the gem, Wayne! If that's an example of Hasson's nautical savvy, what business does he have running a fleet of live-aboards where people put their lives in his hands?

Every hurricane prepardeness plan issued warns people to get off boats well before a hurricane hits.

A few examples:

"WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED: Prepare to have all aboard leave the vessel...Of eight confirmed deaths in Hurricane Marilyn, at least seven, were individuals who remained aboard boats."  US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

"No personnel should be allowed to stay on any vessel during the hurricane." GoBoating.com

You can find a dozen more like that, and NONE that advise people or captains to remain aboard tied to a dock!

If Hasson is stupid and arrogant enough to believe that basic safety rules learned through centuries of hard knocks don't apply to someone with his special "knowledge", then he is a continuing menace to anyone sailing with his "Aggressor" fleet.

I'll take a skipper with a good dose of humility and common sense anytime, thank you.

Captain Nathan Willis
"40 years at sea and still learning"

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