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Man charged with drunk boating after boat hits rock, sinks in Boston Harbor

State Police report arresting a North Andover man on a charge of boating under the influence after troopers on harbor patrol rescued him and five passengers from his 50-foot Sea Ray boat, sinking between Spectacle Island and the Long Island Bridge shortly after 7 p.m.

State Police say Paul Boulanger's boat hit a rock and began to sink. Some passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of being thrown from the bridge to the front of the boat during the collision.

The 50 foot Sea Ray sank completely under the water and will remain submerged there overnight. Sea Tow and Tow Boat US responded to the location and due to the poor night time visibility, declined to put divers in the water for recovery of the boat. The recovery operation will commence after sunrise on Sunday, September 28.

Innocent, etc.

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But im sure it comes with a marine navigation system.

An hour before low tide.

Sculpin ledge maybe? Its the only shallow spot between Spectacle and the bridge. There's a red nun there for a reason.

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Have seen at least 10 boats this summer on it. Majority of Marina Bay folk should hire a captain.

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Here's a novel idea; NOT operate a boat under the influence of alcohol!

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Welllll, if you hire a Captain you can drink all you want. A lot of the people hitting Sculpin aren't even drinking, they just don't know what they are doing.

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I've always found it funny how MA regulates or outlaws so many things, yet anyone with enough money can putz around on the water. If you're age 12-16, you're required to take an approved boating safety course to operate solo, which is why you'll sometimes see kids out there who know better than Joey Jabroni creating max wake in a harbor or running aground. Why you need a license to operate a motor vehicle but not motorized watercraft is beyond me.

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While I agree with most of the other stuff you said, I have to admit that the best part of your comment was....

"Joey Jabroni".

I'm still laughing over here.

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Watch this sucker go!

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being a rich alcoholic seems pretty fun.

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How do they prove who was at the helm?

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Look for the one with the big circle that matches the steering wheel and Searay logo embedded on his chest.

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Paul owns the boat and is a licensed Captain - Master Near Coastal of Inspected Passenger Vessels Up to 100 Gross Ton. He was not currently working as a commercial captain, but was curious about Coast Guard requirements for approving a vessel for commercial use. He knows that area well and has a video security camera on deck. He was at the wheel.

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So was he shitfaced or what?

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Experienced boaters everywhere know to give a Sea Ray, Bayliner, etc. a wider berth because they're typically operated by some yahoo with a large wallet and no salt in their veins.

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Really buddy? What do you own for a boat? I have owned Sea Rays for the last 35 years and I consider myself a knowledgeable and considerate boater. And would say the same for the group that I boat with - and they all own similar style cruisers. You sound a bit jealous to me...

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Bertram>Hatteras>Whaler>SeaRay

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or just somebody who's seen Caddyshack once too often.

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Never were truer words spoken, WaspyPants. Anybody who knows anything about boats knows these people are the idiots of the waterways.

http://www.soundingsonline.com/component/content/article/112-archives/22...

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No, not those Trojans, these Trojans.

On the other hand, in my experience, it's the Caps who operate a 50' Hatteras that are just masterful skippers.

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C'mon now, really? Really? To categorically call Sea Ray (and similar boat type) owners "idiots" is just wrong. Just because someone owns a Bertram or Hatteras that makes them a good skipper? Bull$hit. I've seen bad operators in every brand and type made. I hope I don't "run" into any of you dopes in the harbor...

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These are good friends of ours.. He is an excellent driver. I've seen first hand. No one was arrested and no on was injured. They were rescued from the tender not the boat... Gosh, get your story straight before you publish it!! They work very hard to have what they have and are The most genuine, friendly, happy, caring and loving people you would ever want to meet!! I'm so sad for them

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if no one was arrested why did he delete his FB page? There was a picture with all passengers with plenty of booze on deck posted on Saturday. The picture was up om Saturday nite when the police scanner called his name

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Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

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You were on the boat? Saw the pics, looked like great party both Friday and Saturday night. People need to keep that stuff off Facebook, only comes back to bite you.

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The BPD says different.

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