First off before anything I would like to thank those who have helped myself, my crew and there families get through this horrible ordeal. Now to the reason for this post; I would like to set the record straight on all the details that need to be said. Being a fisherman all my life, actually growing up on vancouver island but spending every summer in PR since the age of 9, I’ve always thought of PR as the birthplace of the commercial fishing industry. Moving up here in 96 at the age of 19 when I met my future wife, Rupert was a proud, thriving community, full of great people that wished nothing but the best for the next person. It kills me to hear all the bs surrounding our near death experience. First off I did NOT have insurance for the first time in the 8 years I owned the Siren and NO this was not an insurance scam nor a publicity stunt. Two months before the start of the prawn season I started rebuilding my main engine, freezer system, wiring, and cosmetics. A few hiccups with wrong parts, lengthly delivery times of parts and oversights the scheduled one month rebuild turned into two. I was in the process of switching insurance carriers to drop my premiums from 4k per year to 1200. However I needed to do a few extra mods not required by my original carrier. The one I had left was adding a belt driven bilge pump off the main engine (which I still have in my locker) to the boat. By the time the main engine was finished the six week prawn season was already 4 days in. So being as I couldn’t get the mounts made for this pump without the main engine in place, I couldn’t finalise with mutual marine for the insurance so I opted to leave without insurance. Had I stayed in port and did the pump and got the boat resurveyed, i would have missed a minimum of 7 more days. I put 100k into the boat this year so you can imagine the stress. Looking back now I still would have done the same thing as a roll over is never anticipated. Was the Siren unsafe or unsuitable, absolutely not. Mechanically and legally she had more safety equipment, electronics and a maintenance history, of most boats around.
For those of you who have voiced publically that this was a hoax or an act of desparation to collect the insurance money or to get publicity, at least get your facts straight before you go voicing bullshit! I don’t expect any replies to this, I just had to get this off my chest.
Thanks Dave Martynuik