We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Different organizations have different safety cultures. I work in one place where:
• ladders must be signed-out from central facilities in order to insure that those using them are aware of the requirement for fall-arrest training and equipment if they are to stand above a step more than 5'high,
•the lightweight aluminum ladders were trashed in favor of the safer (but much heavier) fiberglass ones, which are non-conductive in case someone comes in contact with a live-wire whilst on a ladder.
The other place has a lightweight 8' ladder stashed in each corridor's unlocked mop closet, which employees are free to grab and use so long as they return it.
It is very rare in the second place that I find people climbing upon furniture to do things, and very common in the first to find someone stacking a chair on a table in order to hang a banner from the ceiling or adjust the focus of the projector.
I'm an engineer and we know that you can't make things foolproof. The fools are too ingenious and too numerous. You would think that Darwinian selection would reduce their numbers but they are very prolific and it doesn't seem to help.
Looking at that photo I think I'm most impressed that it appears to be a clear day with good visibility. It is highly unlikely the sailboat came up on the motor boat and snuck his bow under hers. Full sails but not obviously very windy, might have been going 4-6 knots. I think we can rule out accident, blame this instead on ignorance and incompetence (maybe alcohol) of the motor boat operator.
I know the rules, but that sailboat just might have turned at a very inopportune moment. We know the charter was hauling to get on the fish he very well could have set up to give way to the sailboat.. only to have the sail boat make a stupid turn. I've seen in way too many times on my old lake down in here Texas at the yacht club .. sail boaters that " own " the area and maybe are not as able to handle their boat as you'd like. Let's see what the CG says. The fact that the charter captain is actually trained and has something to lose for a accident makes me VERY suspicious.