Update, 12/1/22: Maggioli voluntarily dismissed her suit.
A Revere woman who says she was just out for a nice day on the water with her husband is suing Boston Harbor Cruises for the injuries she says she suffered when the wake from its speeding Codzilla boat slammed into her much smaller Boston Whaler in 2019.
In a suit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Elizabeth Maggioli says she and her husband were out on the water on Aug. 18, 2019, when her husband suddenly yelled at her to hang on:
She looked to her left and saw a massive boat known as "Codzilla", which is owned by the defendant, Boston Harbor Cruises, LLC, speeding through the harbor at excessive speeds. The boat was far too close to normal harbor traffic for the speed at which it was traveling, and which caused a massive wake. When the wake hit Elizabeth Maggioli’s tiny Whaler, it through [sic] the boat up into the air and Mrs. Maggioli became airborne as well, landing on her coccyx in the well of the boat. As a result of this thoroughly reckless maneuver, Elizabeth Maggioli suffered severe spinal fractures requiring surgery.
The complaint adds:
The defendant describes its Codzilla boat as "70 feet of marine aluminum and bad attitude, prowling the ocean with 2 turbo charged diesel engines, state of the art water jets and 2,800 horsepower. Its unique hull design makes it capable of thrilling turns and spinning on a dime to be sure to secure all hats, scarves and eyewear and bad hairpieces."
It is clear that this boat is meant to perform for thrill-seekers at high speeds, but unfortunately the maneuvers made on the day in question caused boaters in the same area to be exposed to unreasonable and unexpected dangers.
Maggioli is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.