The Steel Electrics Dec 9, 2007 7:51:27 GMT -8
Post by EGfleet on Dec 9, 2007 7:51:27 GMT -8
shasta said:In my opinion, WSF management would be wise to complete required repairs on MV Quinault and MV Illahee. This would likely be less expensive than face a wide range of community and citizen law suits that would likely appear if service is not restored by next spring.
Um, no. If it turns out that the cost of repairing either one of these relics is going to cost over half of what it would take to build a new vessel, they should cut their losses.
That said, I suspect work will continue on the Quinault so they can at least get one boat up and running. I'm not holding my breath on the the other three.
Suing would not only be counter-productive, but completely ineffective. It be like suing every time there's a back up on I-5 or a sailing is canceled. Incidentally, when public safety is the concern, I'm not sure you'd have a legal footing to sue in the first place.
Certainly a investigation is needed to determine why these matters developed in the first place. There is much more to this situation than dwelling on a fact that the vessels are 80 years old.
Great, just what we need, another round of study and paper work to find out that gee, these boats are 80 years old! And that when you stick steel in salt water, it corrodes! I'm sorry, I don't think there is any more to it than that. WSF has done the best maintenance on the vessels with the money they've had available. Let's not forget that the same people who are crying foul over the discontinuation of service are the same ones who voted overwhelmingly to cut funding for WSF.
Why, for example, did WSF just spend $85,000 x 4 for a outside inspection of each vessel and announce last month that they were in "good" condition. Was maintenance on these vessels neglected for years? The public is confused and is getting angry
This has been covered in this thread ad nauseum. I suggest you read back in the thread for articles from the Herald and Times that have been posted to the board.