Bob Adriance, editor of Seaworthy, BoatU.S.'s insurance magazine, says the No. 1 cause of dockside sinkings is neglect - failing to maintain critical fittings and hoses that can flood a boat if they fail.
A Nordhavn 75 Expedition Yachtfisher that sank at its slip in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, was a casualty of a PVC fitting the builder says popped loose from a tuna tube bait-fish system, flooding the engine room and lazarette while no one was aboard.
At 43, Scott Leonard is a successful entrepreneur, husband, father of three and owner of a 50-foot catamaran he plans to cruise for three years with his family while using the latest technology to manage his company from the boat.
In the United Kingdom they call the over-65 crowd OAPs - old-age pensioners - and that's what 85-year-old Anthony Smith asked for when he advertised for crew to help him plan and undertake the trans-Atlantic rafting voyage he recently finished.
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