yacht accident WPB

Partying and boating just go together, especially during summer in SOFLA! But, boating under the influence – “BUI,” is more common than you might think, and presents a serious hazard on the waterways.

Case in point, on Wednesday, September, 7th, a 72 foot luxury motor yacht, the Time Out, washed up on the beach in West Palm Beach, the result of an accident where alcohol was apparently involved. According to WPTV West Palm Beach News Channel 5, the owner of the yacht Thomas Baker, admitted he had been drinking several Long Island Ice Teas before the incident. Baker and his girlfriend had been returning from a cruise to the Bahamas.

Baker, 63 of Belle Isle, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, told police he “failed to navigate his vessel into the Palm Beach Inlet and ran the vessel into the beach.” As of the writing of this post, the vessel remains bobbing in the water, and several private and public agencies are collaborating to remove the boat.

Speaking with WPTV, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer, Tyson Matthews, said the top objective was keeping diesel fuel from leaking. “It’s a product that can cause damage to any marine organisms in the water, or, beach users who might be out here. Health impacts are the biggest concerns.”

Yacht grounded West Palm

The Time Out Lists in The Waters Off West Palm Beach – Palm Beach Daily News

No injuries were reported and no search and rescue effort was organized. The people on the boat were able to safely walk ashore. An arrest report from Palm Beach Police stated Baker had a blood alcohol level of about double the legal limit. He was charged with boating under the influence, and has since bonded out of jail.

The Ultimate Designated Driver!

These kinds of accidents are rare, but they do occur. The two most important things to take away from this incident are that Baker is very lucky that he and his guests were not harmed, and two, it speaks volumes to the advantages of having a qualified captain at the helm of your yacht.

Of course there is a level of excitement and exhilaration to be experienced driving your own luxury yacht. However, on those occasions, such as a holiday weekend, when you know you want to drink, and party, why not turn the helm over to a qualified captain and crew? They can make your party that much grander, not only by catering to your guests, but insuring your safety and the safety of your vessel!

Yacht wrecks on WPB

Courtesy Palm Beach Daily News

Finding the Right Captain and Yacht Crew

Now that you understand how vital your captain and crew can be, not only for your pleasure, but your safety when you are using your yacht, you may be wondering, “how do I find the right crew?”

Did you know that our On Demand Yachting solution has been designed to remove all of the hassles of yacht ownership, including finding and hiring the right crew for your needs and the particular needs of your yacht and guests?

We will help you to define your needs, and then do all of the work for you, matching you with a captain and crew personnel that are the best fit. And, if you do not want or need a full-time crew, with our stress-free crew management solution, you only pay for a captain or crew on those special occasions when you need it!


Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.