Judge to hear case of Yacht vs. Sunken Piling

M/Y NamohM/Y NamohThe owners of a yacht that rents for $99,500 a week are suing a Long Wharf marina over damage they say was caused by a sunken piling the marina should have done something about before the yacht hit it.

In the lawsuit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, the owners of the M/Y Namoh say the crew of the 125-foot yacht with twin 2250-horsepower diesel engines was in the process of backing into a slip at the Boston Waterboat Marina on Aug. 30, 2011, when "its hull and propellers struck a submerged object within the slip's berth and its starboard engine immediately shutdown."

A diver hired by the yacht company the next day found a submerged, 10-foot long piling right under the yacht, the owners say. And:

Immediately following the diver's report concerning his discovery and his removal of the submerged piling, the M/V NAMOH's Master conducted a sea trial of the vessel and discovered heavy vibrations resulting after engaging the vessel's engines. Further investigation of the vessel’s condition revealed damage to both its hull and propulsion machinery.

The owners are seeking recompense for the $250,000 in repairs they say they had to make plus interest, lawyer's fees and any other penalties the court finds just.

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    Oh those whacky rich folk

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    why is it their 'problems' are always trivial matters of inconvenience compared with the problems serfs have to deal with, like oh, I don't know, food,energy,water costs, how to afford healthcare, braces for the kid, care for elderly parents, etc.?

    Yep

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    Cause as we learn out here from commenters in UH-land every day whacky rich folk aren't entitled to the same rights as everyone else. They should just eat something that costs $250,000 "because they can", right after they pay their extra $172,000 in income taxes and God knows what else.

    You do realize that without those whacky rich folk, civilized society as we know it would cease to exist in a matter of seconds?

    Instead of constantly demonizing them, we should be sending them flowers and a thank you note.

    I wonder what they paid for renting the spot there?

    And I would think the Marina would have insurance.

    In response to the first poster....

    What if the judge takes your side and the boat owners have to lay off 25 full time workers for 2 months and/or cut their pay while they get the boat fixed?

    M/Y Namoh

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    Respecting your last point, I docked this vessel a few times (in a former life at a different Boston marina). I remember the crew from the Captain on down being unusually friendly (a lot of the jr. crew, 18-20 year olds were almost always nice, but everyone there was, and they even gave me one of their crew T-shirts before they left). I mention the niceness of the crew because, in my experience docking many of the (then) world's larger mega-yachts (over a 3-4 year period), the temperment of the crew was often a decent indicator of the temperment of the owner.

    As to the first point, yeah, there should be insurance, and yeah, if Waterboat is holding themselves out as being able to accommodate a vessel of that length and draft at that particular slip, they (or the insurer) are probably going to take a hit on this one.

    Tilting

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    I think whether you're rich or poor, it's a reasonable expectation that if a berthing is supposed to handle crafts up to a certain draft, that there won't be anything in the way.

    If the homeless canoeist gets holed by a sunken piling that shouldn't be there you'd call that news, no?