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Pshosh. I LOVE the duckboats I ain't NEVER gonna ride one
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Duck boat crashed in Seattle - dozens died. Duck boat sinks in Branson - 17 dead.


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Sorry excon, but dozens didn't die on a Duck Boat in Seattle. Three years ago a Duck Boat had a mechanical malfunction (it fell apart) on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle and it collided with a tour bus killing 5 people.

My opinion based on my 40 plus years on the water and frequently driving the streets on the Seattle waterfront where these boats operate is that Duck Boats are a menace and should be scraped. First of all many of these boats are 75 years old and they were never intended to haul elderly civilians, they were intended to ferry soldiers from ships to the beach in beach assaults. They aren't really a boat and they aren't really a bus. They worked great for their intended purpose but their intended purpose wasn't to haul elderly civilians.

I frequently drive over the Aurora bridge and have followed these vehicles over that bridge many times. I give them as much room as I possibly can because they're so obviously dangerous. They're too wide for the bridge and too wide for the streets in Seattle on which they travel. They're so old that they're falling apart (and the owners obviously don't do the necessary maintenance) and that's exactly what caused the 5 deaths on the Aurora Bridge 3 years ago.

As a boat they're a sick joke because the hull integrity is terrible. The hulls are 75 year old aluminum. Think metal fatigue. If there's a breach in that 75 year old hull that stupid boat could sink very quickly because the bilge pumps can only do so much providing they've been properly maintained and function as intended, but if a seam rips open those pumps might not keep up. To make maters worse, these "boats" have a lot of weight that normal boats don't have. They have all the heavy running gear of a WW2 era truck, frame, axels, wheels, leaf springs, brake drums or disks and everything else you find under a truck. The weight of all that gear can only cause it to sink more quickly.

And then there's the greed component. That these operators would allow a piece of crap like that to operate on rough water while full of civilians should be cause to run that operator out of business forever.

Put the old ladies on a nice comfortable bus and haul them to the waterfront and then put them on a good seaworthy and safe boat.

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outlaw60(12587) Disputed
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As a boat they're a sick joke because the hull integrity is terrible.

Little Gurl show up with some evidence that could at least link to your insanity.

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outlaw60(12587) Disputed
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Let's have some fun with a BRAIN DEAD IDIOT !!!!!!

As a boat they're a sick joke because the hull integrity is terrible

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/branson-missouri-duck-boat-tour-company- boat-shouldnt-have-been-in-water/

Last Updated Jul 20, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

Authorities say 17 people are dead after a tour boat carrying 31 people capsized and sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, during a powerful storm Thursday. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of more than 60 mph.

Aluminum integrity was not mentioned at all but your 40 plus years on the water made you an unintelligent IDIOT !!!!!!!!!!!

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Aluminum integrity was not mentioned at all

You have the intellectual integrity of a toasted waffle.

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outlaw60(12587) Disputed
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Rusty it is apparent that the Republicans should have done something on the Duck Boats your 40 year experience opposes !!!!!!!!!!!

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outlaw60(12587) Disputed
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The Little Gurl is all concerned about Duck Boats now since ABC let it know.

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outlaw60(12587) Disputed
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With all your knowledge Little Gurl you should have been at the forefront to have the Duck Boats eliminated and a petition sent to the SCOTUS !!!!!!!

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Those duck boats are extreme examples and cannot be used to indicate a broader duck boat problem. That being said, it is appropriate to be wary of any potentially extreme boating situation, not only with duck boats, even if duck boats tend to be the primary cause of extreme boating situations today. It would be a step too far to call for a ban on duck boats. But perhaps there should be a boycott against specific brands of duck boats that produce a disproportionate number of extreme duck boating situations.

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But perhaps there should be a boycott against specific brands of duck boats

Hello A:

The duck boats are all surplus WWII landing craft.. But, if you're talking about the companies that independently operate them, some well, and some NOT so well, I agree.

Both of these accidents were preventable, if the PEOPLE followed good business and safety practices. It's like pilots don't fly into storms.. Duck boats shouldn't sail into rough waters..

excon

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I agree with your comment. Most Duck boat operators have precautions in place which require floatation devices, emergency procedure, etc. If they followed those and watched the weather, there shouldn't have been a problem.

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That is so sad. I will pray for the families...............................................................................

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