Quote Originally Posted by Von Bongo
Having had my father die in an accident that we could never explain how it happened I can sympathies with the family and friends. I hope they have some closure.

I've read the threads and also the web site and there are a lot of questions. Many I am sure they know but haven't posted for us to see.

Concerning the meat and the missing coolers I think they felt they could not be lifted by one person. Then when I read how the boat was found with part of the meat sitting on the seat and maybe on the floor the first thing I thought was he took some of it out so he could lift them to the gunwales and let them drain, then something happened sending him and the 2 coolers over.

Why were all the flairs missing? Had the flair gun been used?

One thing I wonder is, if it were pirates, why not just pull the plugs out and let it sink when they were done? Why bring it back to near the same place? Why return to the scene of the crime if you didn’t have to? If they were trying to stage an accident wouldn’t pirates be smart enough to think, people in the area might be looking for this boat but lets try and sneak back to where we stole it and hope they’re not in the area? If the Pirates took some of the food why not the booze?

Since he was experienced in the area, why would he let pirates get close to him? His boat would out run most and with help 4-5 miles away why call the coast guard why not his friends unless he was forced to?

They state the boat was full of fuel. Unless there is a receipt for 320 galllons how are they sure the boat was full of fuel? How much fuel can be documented that was purchased?

Do the Varado engines say how many hours the engines have been run at certain RPMS?

The GPS shows no track back, or tracking. If I erase mine it begins to track again. If the boat was returned to the waypoint then the track erased why didn't tracking begin again? Can you turn off the track back and if so could he have just left it off? I do not know how the GPS stores its “memory” but just because you delete something from your computer doesn’t mean it is gone from the hard drive, has anyone spoken to Raymarine to see of anything can be recovered even if “deleted”?

Has anyone contacted the FAA to see of they can get a list of flight plans for aircraft in the area and see if anyone saw the boat. I know PBI was under a TFR but there still had to be aircraft going and coming from other parts of Fla to the islands.

Also they called PBI to get some private aircraft out to look for him but it was under a TFR for 30 miles. Didn’t someone at the airport think, hey why don’t we call Plantation, Opa laca or even Miami? Even a modest twin could have been searching within what 30 minutes to an hour? What abut Freeport on Bimini? Why no calls there to see if a plane could be hired to search? Isn’t there some version of the civil air patrol on south florida that could have been contacted to begin a search earlier from another airport?

Many questions and few answers.
You do bring up some good points. I hope they family does get some closure someday on this and we know what really happened.