Originally Posted by Be Realistic
I understand a Viking sportfish burned offshore at Delray Beach, Florida, 2/25/10 . Will everyone going to comment and make a big deal out of this like they did a Bertram? That'll be interesting!!! Okay, Yacht Forum lets see where your values lie???
Yes indeed a yacht burned up in Boca yesterday, here's the piece from the Sun Sentinel on Feb 24:
A 48-foot boat was on fire for much of Wednesday and smoldering overnight off Delray Beach and on its travel south to Boca Raton while being towed.
The captain of Class Act, Viking Sport Fisherman, was rescued by Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies off Delray Beach after the fire broke out about 11:45 a.m.
Francisco Lopez-Pando, 32, dropped his anchor when the deputy approached by boat after hearing on his radio about a fire, sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said.
The deputy encouraged Lopez-Pando, who was uninjured, to get off the boat due to the heavy smoke. The fire started in the engine room. The burning boat was towed away by TowBoatUS.
Tim Pooler, of TowBoatUS, said Class Act was smoking as it was being towed and flames broke out in Boca Raton. Class Act was being delivered from West Palm Beach to Miami to its owner when the fire occurred.
By 3 p.m., Boca Raton Fire-Rescue was fighting the fire on the boat in the middle of Lake Boca, Fire-Rescue spokesman Frank Correggio said.
By evening, he said, hot spots that remained on the boat were still being put out. A crew of firefighters were to remain on standby overnight in case the fire flared up again.
The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Apparently this yacht had some issues already and probably did not burn from questionable workmanship, wiring or other defect from the manufacturer. All I will say to your comments is that these are two different situations that are not parallel, and probably will not foster the same type of discussion. If we see more Vikings burning up then we may have a stronger case for questionsing and digging.
The one common denominator is the safety for crew and those involved. That is first and foremost for most all YF