There: feel safer now?

Aboard the SS Napolitano

(h/t, Unkster) Just a few weeks after the Port Authority’s $100 million perimeter security system was breached by a waterskier looking for a cup of coffee, its crew sinks a new boat after opening a hatch below the waterline to see if that would cause the boat to sink. It did.  The Post describes the move as “dumb as hull” –  works for me.

A $500,000* Port Authority patrol boat sank this month after a veteran police sergeant took the advice of a clueless civilian safety instructor — and opened a hatch while it was under water, The Post has learned.

“It was like opening a window during a carwash,” one PA insider lamented of the screw-up off Breezy Point, Queens, that left 11 people scrambling for their lives.

*In fact, the rescue equipment on board cost $500,000 – the cost of the boat itself should presumably be added to this sum.

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  1. Walt

    Captain Ahab –
    Why do they have a hatch that is below the water line? That seems pretty dumb to me.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

    • Some catamarans do it because if they flip (multihulls may flip but they usually don’t sink the way lead-keeled mono hills do) the crew can escape. Of course proper seamanship dictates that one refrain from opening that hatch before it is necessary and practical to do so, but hey- these are Port Authority cops we’re watching here.

  2. Chimney

    That’s pretty stupid- if water was coming in from a hatch in the stern, they should have opened one in he bow to let it out- anyone knows that!

  3. Cos Cobber

    Chimney, that was lol.

  4. Fred2

    I thought that most small boats will not sink under normal conditions – they are designed to have positive flotation, (assuming you do not fill them to the gunwales with lead bars, or heavy arsed TSA agents) and most larger ships are compartmentalized so that absent major structural compromise they don’t sink either by having one compartment compromised.

    • Keel boats sink (that lead thing on its bottom does the trick). Motor boats aren’t supposed to but witness that tragedy off Long Island this past 4th of July for proof that sometimes things go wrong.

  5. Riverslide

    I would think a hatch designed for the purpose Chris envsions would only open outward. But then again I’m not a “safety instructor.”

  6. Fred2

    Yeah, I’m thinking there is more to this story than reported.

    A hatch in a motor catamaran that is below waterline (that can be opened against water pressure!? Why? Huh ) Allows a small motor boat to sink? I’m pretty sure whatever really happened is even stupider than reported.

    Starting, perhaps, with the design.

    I’ve seen similar Coast guard designs, up close. Notably absent were hull penetrations of any consequent sort. ( 3x Outboards) Perhaps these clowns should hire/retain the Coasties F/t to do the job correctly.